SOME CONCLUSIONS on AEG following the first two days of pretrial hearings in Murray’s case
Before we go on with the next days of the pretrial hearings let me handle some questions arising from Days 1 and 2.
After learning how negligent and non-professional in performing CPR Dr. Conrad Murray was the first question I asked was:
WHO HIRED DR. MURRAY?
Now we know that the company which hired Dr. Conrad Murray was AEG. There are numerous reports to this effect. Even the highly biased article found here by Lynton Guest “The Trials Of Michael Jackson: Epilogue” who is all too willing to place all the blame on Sony for everything ever done to Michael Jackson states it clearly that Murray’s employer was AEG:
- “Conrad Murray was engaged, not by Michael Jackson, but the company AEG Live, which was the organisation promoting the fifty comeback gigs at London’s O2 – the This Is It tour”.
Lynton Guest also provides information on the terms of the agreement:
- “Dr. Conrad Murray … had been hired by AEG to look after the singer’s medical needs at something approaching $100,000 a month”.
Since the amount to be paid to him monthly was enormous but his skills as a doctor were dubious I asked myself the next question:
WHAT ARE DR. CONRAD MURRAY QUALIFICATIONS?
Lynton Guest says about it:
- “Dr. Conrad Murray graduated from the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in the top fifty percent of his class in 1989. Meharry is not a top notch medical school but perhaps one in the second rank of such institutions in the USA.
- His specialties are internal medicine, cardiology and cardiovascular disease. He landed a fellowship at the University of Arizona in 1995 and was appointed to the Foundation for Cardiovasular Medicine in San Diego the following year. Given the knowledge of the heart and its processes he must have obtained through specialising in these areas, it is even more incredible that he administered Propofol to Michael Jackson.
- In the USA, medics are not licensed nationally as they are in most countries. There, doctors acquire their licenses from a particular state where they carry out their practice. In Dr. Murray’s case, he was licensed to practice in Texas, Nevada and California.”
So Dr. Condrad Murray was in the top fifty percent of his medical class which means he was closer to No.50 than to No.40 (otherwise they would have mentioned the top 40 percent). And his school is in the second rank of medical institutions in the US.
Being rated in the middle of a class of a 2nd rate medical school is a doubtful recommendation for a doctor, I would say…
The article from the Boston Globe dated June 30, 2009 is more specific about Murray’s credentials as a doctor. It says that Murray’s certification on internal medicine expired in December (which could be only Dec. 2008) and that he was never certified in cardiovascular disease:
“It has now been alleged that the doctor – who first met Michael in 2006 but became his personal physician just last month – is no longer certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
The ABMS, which oversees 24 Member Boards, says Dr. Murray was certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, but that certification lapsed when he didn’t maintain it, and expired in December . In addition, he has not been certified by the ABIM in cardiovascular disease.”
After reading this I am no longer surprised that Dr. Murray didn’t know how to perform CPR on a patient…
HOW LONG DID DR. MURRAY WORK FOR MICHAEL JACKSON?
The above Boston Globe article said:
“It has now been alleged that the doctor – who first met Michael in 2006 but became his personal physician just last month.
“..Meanwhile, the cardiologist has made a claim to concert promoters AEG Live – who arranged Michael’s 50-date ‘This Is It’ London residency – for $300,000 in unpaid fees.”
So Dr. Conrad Murray did indeed “meet” Michael in 2006 but was hired for him as a personal physician only in May 2009.
However the very next paragraph refutes this statement – if the doctor’s salary was around $100,000 per month, the sum claimed by him from AEG shows that the period of service should have been much longer – three or at least two months of work for Michael Jackson.
Several other sources confirm that Dr. Murray worked for MJ at least for two months – or probably three months judging by the sum claimed – which will place the start of his employment as the end of March 2009 earliest and the end of April 2009 latest.
Before taking up his new employment the doctor left his position of a General Practitioner (not a cardiologist). The 2 or 3 months controversy in the length of his employment may be due to the fact that the last month of Michael’s “treatment” is not included into payment, knowing the result it has brought about – however the services rendered while Michael was still alive were to be paid for on a regular basis and this is what Murray wanted to sue AEG for in November 2009:
Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray preparing to sue AEG
November 17, 2009 |
Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray is reportedly preparing to sue promoters AEG for $300,000 (£180,000) he says he is owed – for two months of unpaid services.
Miranda Sevcik, publicist for Ed Chernoff, his lawyer, said that AEG had been “dragging its feet” over the payments, hinting that a lawsuit was on the way. “Dr Murray needs the money and he’s entitled to the money based on the contract he signed with AEG,” she said, reports TMZ.
Murray claims to have signed a deal with the promoters entitling him to the money after giving up his GP practice. http://www.nme.com/news/michael-jackson/48422
WHY WASN’T DR. MURRAY PAID?
The Boston Globe article is one among the many other sources saying that AEG refused to pay Dr. Conrad Murray. I would agree that payment for the last month of Murray’s services which proved his negligence and lack of professionalism is out of the question, but the initial period was to have been paid by all means for the following reasons – firstly, no one could clearly predict such an end and secondly, if the doctor is not paid he cannot be expected to render his services on a proper level.
AEG found the following excuse for never paying Dr.Murray:
- “…according to Randy Phillips, CEO and president of AEG Live, the contract to pay Dr. Murray had not been signed by the singer before his death and so is not valid.”
This is a very interesting point.
Michael was not the kind of man who would be willing to enjoy anyone’s services if they are not paid for, let alone a doctor’s services his life depended on.
Sometimes people had to wait for their pay from Jackson because of his financial problems, but over here the medical services were to be paid by AEG anyway, so the problem of non-payment to Murray could not have had anything to do with Michael. There is absolutely no reason why Michael wouldn’t have signed the contract employing Murray it if he was sure of his doctor.
And he must have been sure of him as Randy Phillips said that Conrad Murray had been Michael’s personal physician for more than three years before that and this is why they employed him:
“Phillips said he had tried to dissuade Jackson from hiring Murray as his personal doctor because of the costs involved, but that the strong-willed singer insisted on having Murray on staff throughout the rehearsals and the run of English shows, saying he had been his personal physician for more than three years.
“Michael told me, ‘You don’t understand. My body is the machine that fuels this business and I need personal care and I want a doctor 24/7 like President Obama would have and this is my doctor,’ ” Phillips explained.”
The information about “three years of being a personal physician” needs to be checked and rechecked as the same Boston Globe says Murray was hired only when the rehearsals started, but if we assume Randy Phillips’ words to be true, it will mean that Michael had no reason to refuse to sign the contract with Murray (or delay signing it by 2 months) as he was supposed to know the doctor very well and should have been interested in keeping him on the job.
So if we are to believe Randy Phillips’s words it must have been AEG who prevented Michael Jackson from putting his signature under Murray’s contract. They either didn’t inform Michael of the need to do it (saying, for example, that there was no clause in the contract stipulating Michael’s consent to a doctor) or delayed its signing at some other pretext.
Why did they do that? Most probably because they were using the payment tool as a method to manipulate the doctor and coerce him into taking decisions which he wouldn’t have taken if he were totally free in his decision-making.
WHO WANTS TO HAVE A NEEDY DOCTOR FOR MICHAEL JACKSON?
The Boston Globe article which extensively quotes Randy Phillips is dated July 1, 2009. It means that a few days after Michael’s death Randy Phillips of AEG explained to the press that it was Michael Jackson who was fully responsible for hiring Murray thus trying to shift the blame for Michael’s death on to him alone.
He said that Murray’s employment was wholly Michael’s decision thus implying that Michael had a special interest in Dr. Murray – evidently “because no other doctor would have agreed to give him propofol”.
But if Michael was so terribly interested in this particular doctor why didn’t he immediately put his signature under the contract employing Murray? He should have done his best to make sure that the doctor is paid for his services as he would have been afraid that “the only doctor available to him would go away”.
The fact that Michael Jackson did not put his signature under AEG’s contract with Murray clearly shows that he didn’t have anything to do with employing Murray. At the very worst he could have been unaware that his signature was required for payment to the doctor, but even in this case it was AEG who didn’t tell him that (and I am not ready to believe they just forgot to inform him).
There is another important fact confirming that Michael had nothing to do with Murray’s employment – Dr. Murray wanted to sue AEG for non-payment, but never made any claims against Jackson’s estate.
Miranda Sevcik, publicist for Dr. Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, said Murray was not going to sue Jackson’s estate:
Miranda Sevcik, publicist for Dr. Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff claims AEG has been “dragging its feet,” even though the Dr. has requested payment for 2 months of services.
Sevcik says Dr. Murray has not been paid a penny for his services, in spite of the fact that the doctor claims to have signed a binding deal with AEG before giving up his medical practice.
Sevcik says Dr. Murray will not file a creditor’s claim against Jackson’s estate. She says, “Dr. Murray needs the money and he’s entitled to the money based on the contract he signed with AEG.”
If Murray didn’t have claims against Jackson or his lawyers it means he knew he was employed by AEG alone with Michael never being an intermediary between them.
But if it was AEG who hired him why on earth would they employ a needy and unqualified doctor like Conrad Murray? Couldn’t they have found for Michael Jackson a really professional doctor with a sound financial standing and for the attractive salary of $100,000 per month too?
It seems that the whole idea of a doctor for Michael Jackson was a needy and therefore obedient man like Conrad Murray. It was a necessity to find someone wholly dependent on AEG in the decision making, a doctor who could be instructed, guided in his actions and even exerted pressure on.
If a doctor is financially independent he is not easily manipulated by others – his patient’s interests are prior to anything his employers will ask of him.
However if he doesn’t have his own means the interests of his employer will come first – as was most probably the case with Dr. Murray.
The fact that Dr. Murray was not certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) any longer – as it expired in December 2008, – and he had never been certified in cardiovascular disease, but these factors didn’t prevent AEG from hiring him as a “cardiologist” makes their decision to employ such a doctor for Michael Jackson practically criminal.
Dr. Murray’s full dependence on someone else and his actions clearly going against Michael Jackson’s interests is manifested by Kenny Ortega’s testimony which is top important for us.
This is what Kenny Ortega said under oath:
“The first witness to testify in Tuesday’s preliminary hearing for Michael Jackson’s physician described a run-in with Dr. Conrad Murray six days before the pop star’s death on June 25, 2009.
Renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega was the first to take the stand and said the singer showed up at a rehearsal at Staples Center seeming “lost” and too weak to perform.
“It was scary. I didn’t know what was wrong, but I knew there was something going on,” Ortega recalled.
The next day, he said, he was summoned to a meeting at Jackson’s mansion with the singer, his manager, the concert promoter and Murray.
He said the doctor insisted Jackson was emotionally and physically strong enough to perform and scolded Ortega for sending Jackson home — something he said he hadn’t done.
“Dr. Murray told me that this was not my responsibility and asked me to not act like a doctor or psychologist … and leave Michael’s health to him,” he said.
So Kenny Ortega, a non-medical person (!) sent Michael home when he saw him too weak to perform and Murray, his doctor (!), insisted that he was fit for the job, though his bad condition was seen with a naked eye even to a layman?
Murray should have known that he was giving criminal orders, and the fact that he still made them means that he was pushed into making that decision. And the pressure could come only from his employers arranging the show.
It was them – and nobody else – who should have been terribly interested in having a doctor who is unable to take decisions on his own and is fully dependent on them alone.
WHY DID AEG Live PRESS DR. MURRAY TO DISREGARD MICHAEL’S DETERIORATING CONDITION?
From the links sent to me by our reader Skeptikos I have finally learned what Michael’s community has known and discussed for many months by now (sorry I am so late in catching up with you): AEG Live never believed that something could be really wrong with Michael Jackson and thought that:
- “like a child who doesn’t want to go to school, he could get away from his obligations if he had a ‘note from the doctor.’”
These are the words attributed to a certain “close confidant of Michael Jackson” who confided in The Daily Beast’s Gerald Posner on June 30, 2009. Since not a single Michael’s friend has come up to confirm these words for a year and a half now I have strong suspicion that these words actually reflect the attitude of AEG partners towards Michael and his condition during the period of their fateful “cooperation”.
AEG thought that Michael was feigning his weak condition and this was one of the reasons why they forced the doctor they employed to disregard any complaints on Michael’s part.
While Michael was in real need of help due to increasing insomnia and overall anxiety (which he would naturally express to his doctor) his appeals were regarded by Conrad Murray and his bosses as Michael’s mere pretext for inducing a minor hospital visit which – it its turn – would release him of the obligations under the contract.
We know it from the same “confidant” who is quoted as saying:
- “This top adviser, who spoke about this explanation for the first time on the condition of anonymity, says that he believes Jackson was determined to force the AEG Group, the promoter of his 50-concert London series scheduled to commence next month, to reduce the number of dates.
- He believes that the superstar was so determined to avoid a rigorous tour schedule that he intentionally took a large amount of prescription drugs in order to induce a hospital visit—potentially triggering a medical escape clause in his performance contract—but wound up accidentally overdosing instead”.
- But the adviser says that Jackson was also well aware that he was subject to serious cancellation penalties if he failed to show up for any gigs. Medical infirmity, a standard clause in most contracts like this, might have provided him a consequence-free out”.
The above statement will require a thorough scrutiny of the contract Michael signed with AEG which will have to be done separately. Meanwhile we are going on with the “confidant”:
- “This source, who was familiar with Michael’s use of prescription painkillers he had used with increasing frequency over a decade, says he believes that Jackson was determined to prompt that “note” by mixing pills. This explanation is supported by the fact that Jackson asked his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, to stay overnight for the hours before he died.”
What a crazy and perverse logic. So if a patient asks his doctor to stay overnight it is indicative that he wants to induce a visit to hospital this particular night and wants his doctor to be close at hand?
If those who ventured this theory were healthy in their head they would assume like the rest of us that Michael needed a doctor that night for reasons all people need doctors for – because he felt bad and needed help! If he had wanted to intentionally take a bigger doze of prescription drugs and induce a hospital visit he could have relied on his bodyguard or someone else – one doesn’t need a doctor for that…
The reporter goes on with his version of the events:
- “Dr. Murray’s attorneys say it was not the first time he had stayed overnight, but such a request was not typical”.
Interesting – so it was not typical for Michael Jackson to ask Murray to stay overnight? And if he did ask him it means he was feeling worse than before?
- “Sources in the Jackson camp tell me that Jackson knew that Dr. Murray, when he did stay, checked on him regularly. In other words, Jackson would have thought he had a safety net”.
What a preposterous thing to say. Absurd, ridiculous and awfully speculative.
By saying it the reporter implies that: 1) Michael was thinking of an escape from the contract pretending he was ill 2) to do so he was planning to mix drugs and induce a visit to hospital 3) he specially asked his doctor to stay overnight and be at his side in case of emergency 4) only a doctor could call an ambulance if he found his patient unconscious…
What a crazy theory! They forgot to mention that if someone thinks of a crazy plan like that the doctor would be the last person he would want to be present at the scene of this crime – because the doctor could give an injection which will immediately revive the patient…
What a devilish theory! A theory where everything is turned topsy-turvy and the usual request of a patient to have a doctor at his side when he feels bad is turned into a planned attempt to commit half a suicide…
And how awfully typical behavior it would be for those who didn’t give a damn for the man, thought he only pretended to be ill and now need to think of something to whitewash themselves of their guilt …
You know, reading what these people said immediately after Michael death is incredibly enlightening. It is almost like reading their minds – the very first reaction of Michael’s “partners” clearly shows what they really thought of Michael at the time, and I bet they would gladly take back some of the information they so recklessly and unwittingly disclosed.
The fact is that it is too much revealing and too self-incriminating for them – almost like reading a confession on their part. See for yourself and make note of the vocabulary used which shows how resentful Michael’s partners were of his behavior:
- “It’s also clear, based on a half-dozen sources in Jackson’s business and financial entourage, that Jackson desperately wanted out of the commitment to 50 concerts, which were to be held at London’s O2 Arena. Earlier this month, only weeks before his death, someone in the Jackson camp, presumably with the singer’s blessing, leaked information that the pop star was “reportedly fuming” at the expanded concert schedule and pace and demands of preparation. (At the Los Angeles dance studio where he practiced for his London shows, Michael once stopped outside to talk to fans who gathered daily. One fan told a British tabloid, The Sun, that Jackson said to the group, “Thank you for your love and support, I want you guys to know I love you very much….I’m really angry with them booking me up to do 50 shows. I only wanted to do 10, and take the tour around the world to other cities, not 50 in one place. I went to bed knowing I sold 10 dates, and woke up to the news I was booked to do 50.”)
The article by Gerald Posner which is meant to whitewash AEG of all they’ve done to Michael then relates their version of Dr. Murray’s employment. The text is full of lies about Michael who was allegedly the one to pick the doctor:
- “It is little wonder that with so much at stake, AEG had already hired a full-time tour doctor for the pop star. It was Jackson, however, who chose Dr. Murray. Jackson had met Murray in 2006 in Las Vegas, when one of Jackson’s children had become ill. A member of Jackson’s security detail knew Murray and called him. The doctor made a house call to Jackson’s hotel, treated the child, and the pop star and physician became fast friends.
- When Jackson asked Murray to become the tour doctor, the Las Vegas and Houston-based Murray immediately accepted (unknown to Jackson, he had his own financial difficulties, and the lucrative AEG position was a godsend).
- Based on an interview with senior members of Jackson’s entourage during the past year, Jackson picked Dr. Murray in part because he thought a “friend” would be less inquisitive about his medical past than a doctor selected independently by AEG. A source close to Jackson’s legal team says that Jackson complained often about the rigors of the training schedule”.
As if all the above lies are not enough here comes a whole pile of them about the impeccable way Dr. Murray reacted when he saw his patient breathless. This is clearly the way somebody presented the story at the time of Michael’s death and wanted it to be remembered forever:
- “It was during a routine check [!] on Jackson during the early morning of June 26 when Dr. Murray noticed his client seemed to be in medical distress with a low pulse, unresponsive to questions or touch. Murray, a large man, began performing CPR on Jackson’s chest.
- There are conflicting accounts on whether Dr. Murray had his cellphone with him. Some sources believe he did not, while others say he did but he did not want to stop the CPR to call 911 and thus risk losing Jackson’s pulse. What is indisputable: He did not make a call from his cell to 911. Instead, he kept shouting for help. Dr. Murray later told investigators that no one responded for at least 20 minutes. There was a landline phone in the bedroom, but Dr. Murray’s legal team says he couldn’t use it since there “was a security feature that blocked outside calls.” Again, it’s not clear if Dr. Murray tried to use that phone or just assumed it wouldn’t call out.
- It was not until a Jackson employee arrived and called 911 on his own cellphone—according to Dr. Murray’s legal team—that emergency help was dispatched. By the time Murray, Jackson, and the ambulance arrived at the emergency room, Jackson still had a low pulse. But nothing the ER doctors did could revive him.
- Before he could leave the hospital, Los Angeles police investigators were already questioning Dr. Murray. Before that, Dr. Murray, with a Jackson manager, broke the news to Jackson’s sister, La Toya, and her brother, Jermaine, that their brother was dead. Possibly, it turns out, the victim of self-inflicted injuries from a plan gone very wrong”. Full text: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-06-30/jacksons-final-panic/3/
Let us go over some of its choicest pieces:
– There are conflicting accounts on whether Dr. Murray had his cellphone with him [conflicting accounts? Dr. Murray had a mobile telephone he used on numerous occasions the same day!].
– he did not want to stop the CPR to call 911 [ now we know that when bodyguard Alberto Alvarez came into the room Dr. Murray ordered him to collect medical paraphernalia first and only then call 911]
– What is indisputable: He did not make a call from his cell to 911 [this is indeed indisputable, same as the fact that he talked for 47 minutes on the phone with someone before asking to call 911]
– he kept shouting for help. Dr. Murray later told investigators that no one responded for at least 20 minutes. [Oh my God, how can anyone lie like THAT?]
– Dr. Murray’s legal team says he couldn’t use the phone it since there “was a security feature that blocked outside calls.” [incredible stuff].
– Before he could leave the hospital, Los Angeles police investigators were already questioning Dr. Murray [and bodyguard Alberto Alvarez said Murray left the hospital freely saying he was hungry].
– By the time Murray, Jackson, and the ambulance arrived at the emergency room, Jackson still had a low pulse [Murray and his bosses want to convey the impression that Michael was still alive, though he had been long dead by then].
– the victim of self-inflicted injuries from a plan gone very wrong [this shows the policy Murray and his bosses assumed immediately after Michael’s death and which they will pursue at trial].
If you think that what was said by the author of the above article is his personal opinion only please read the version of the events presented by Randy Phillips the next day the above article was published.
In the article dated July 1, 2009 Randy Phillips, president of the AEG Live, says that:
- Michael Jackson was in good health before his sudden death. Randy Phillips denied reports that Jackson was too frail to perform.(this statement fully coincides with what Dr. Murray said only 5 days before that, is in unison with the allegations that Michael was just trying to make himself “a little sick” and is completely at variance with Kenny Ortega’s testimony. On June 19, 2009 Ortega had to send him home from the rehearsal and the next day was summoned to a meeting at Jackson’s mansion with MJ, his manager [Frank DiLeo], the concert promoter [Randy Phillips] and Murray.
So five days before Michael’s death “the doctor insisted Jackson was emotionally and physically strong enough to perform and scolded Ortega for sending Jackson home” and told Ortega that it was not his responsibility asking him to not act like a doctor or psychologist … and leave Michael’s health to him”. However Randy Phillips’ words are proof enough that it was not solely Murray’s approach but was the official AEG policy).
- Randy Phillips sat right outside the operating room while “the doctors were trying to resuscitate him and save Michael.. and it took about an hour, an hour and a half before the nurse came out and told Frank DiLeo and I that there was no hope.” (they are all pretending that Michael was alive though they know very well he had been dead for several hours by then)
- he tried to dissuade Jackson from hiring Dr. Conrad Murray but it was Michael who insisted on it (an ugly and nasty lie – see above for the disproval of it)
- that Dr. Conrad Murray had been his personal physician for more than three years (this is still to be checked, as all we know is that he once attended to Michael’s daughter. But no matter whether these words are true or not, if Michael had been friendly with Murray and was the one to invite him he would have surely signed a contract for him. Randy clearly miscalculated that the “friendship” he implied earlier would contradict his later story that Murray couldn’t be paid because MJ hadn’t signed his “friend’s” contract).
Full story about Randy Phillips’ version of the events here:
Jul 1 2009 5:43 PM EDT
Promoter Describes Michael Jackson’s Final Moments
By Gil Kaufman
It is not yet known what caused Michael Jackson’s death, but according to the promoter of the London shows the singer was gearing up for, the 50-year-old self-proclaimed King of Pop was in good health before his sudden death on Thursday (June 25) and massive efforts were made to save his life.
Speaking to England’s Sky News, AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said he was at the hospital last week when Jackson was rushed in after suffering cardiac arrest. He said he got a call from the singer’s manager, Frank DiLeo, Thursday morning in which DiLeo implored him to go to the Beverly Hills-area mansion the singer was renting because paramedics had been called when Jackson stopped breathing. “As I was approaching the house the … the ambulance was just coming out of the gates,” he said.
“They brought him in on a stretcher and they put him into the emergency room,” Phillips said. “I was sitting in a chair right outside the … operating room, and there was tons of activity, and they were trying to resuscitate him and save him and working really hard, the doctors, nurses, everybody … I sat there … it seemed, honestly, it seemed like an eternity. But it took about an hour, an hour and a half before the nurse came out and told Frank (DiLeo) and I that there was no hope.”
Phillips described his emotions as “just shock” when he was given the news. “Having been with him the night before and watching him engaged and really kicking into the whole thing … I guess first the kids, they were around the corner in a room and who was going to tell them? That was the first thing that hit my mind. And then the fact that we’ve all lost this incredible talent.”
Phillips said it was Jackson’s cardiologist, Conrad Murray — whom police have interviewed at least twice since the singer’s passing — who broke the news to Jackson’s three young children that their father had died. A spokesperson for Phillips did not return requests for further comment from the AEG boss at press time.
“I stood at the doorway when they went in and they told them and just the look of fear in their faces … it was hard,” Phillips said. “I’ll think about that the rest of my life. But they seem to be doing really well now.”
Phillips said he had tried to dissuade Jackson from hiring Murray as his personal doctor because of the costs involved, but that the strong-willed singer insisted on having Murray on staff throughout the rehearsals and the run of English shows, saying he had been his personal physician for more than three years.
“Michael told me, ‘You don’t understand. My body is the machine that fuels this business and I need personal care and I want a doctor 24/7 like President Obama would have and this is my doctor,’ ” Phillips explained. A nurse told The Associated Press that Jackson had repeatedly begged her for a powerful anesthetic used only by trained medical professionals in a clinical setting to treat his chronic insomnia, but that she had refused. Attorneys for Murray have denied that the doctor injected Jackson with any of the strong pain medications he is said to have been taking prior to his death.
Less than 12 hours before, at the end of a long day of rehearsals in Los Angeles in advance of the planned July 13 kickoff of the AEG-promoted This is it 50-show run at the O2 Arena in London, Phillips said Jackson gave him a big hug and whispered, “Now I know I can do this.” He also denied reports that Jackson was too frail to perform, hinting that AEG may soon release some footage from rehearsals that will refute those notions.
A lawyer representing Murray said the doctor found the singer unconscious but with a weak pulse, and spent more than 25 minutes trying to revive Jackson, but did not call 911 for 30 minutes because there was not a landline in Jackson’s room and the doctor did not know the address of the rented Los Angeles mansion Jackson was staying in.
Transcripts of the 911 calls have led some to question whether Murray could have done a better job administering CPR to Jackson. The caller in the tapes is heard saying that Murray was performing the life-saving technique on a bed, not on a hard surface such as a floor, which the dispatcher suggested and which medical professionals recommend. A lawyer for Murray has explained that Jackson was lying on a very firm bed and that the doctor braced the singer’s back with his hand while administering chest compressions with his other hand. Murray’s car was towed from the mansion as evidence on the day of Jackson’s death by police, but officials have said that the doctor is not a suspect in the case.