A new documentary provides a new, never-before-seen perspective on Conrad Murray, the doctor who was recently convicted of negligent manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
The documentary, Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Relationship, which aired Friday night on MSNBC, included an interview in which Murray claims he was only trying to “tip” Michael Jackson into sleep when he gave him a “tiny bit” of Propofol the morning the pop icon died. As Murray never took the stand in his trial, the interview is a rare look into his version of events.
Murray says he eventually gave in to Jackson’s, who he says was an insomniac, pleads for “some milk,” meaning Propofol. Murray says at the time he thought, “If I give him just a tiny amount of Propofol, 25 milligrams, slowly infused, I may just tip him into sleep—and the other medications will now get a chance to work because he had a fair amount of medication on board.”
The documentary also gave a behind-the-scenes look at Murray reaction to the trial, including a moment when he blasted his attorney for flubbing a cross-examination with prosecution expert Dr. Alan Steinberg. “I take offense when my damn attorney is not prepared for that man.” Murray says of Michael Flanagan, who he later fired. “[He] gotta wake up. He needs a lot of coffee and some pit bull, or Red Bull, after lunch.”
Later in the documentary, Murray claims that Jackson “always had a chamber that was exclusively his: the bedroom that he slept in. I had to persuade him, eventually to have it cleaned. Because one, he peed the bed. It did not smell good. It was mildew, and I had to get it clean…Who would ever believe that a man his age would still be wetting his bed?” Murray claims it wasn’t medications that made Jackson wet his bed, alleging it was psychological.
The Jackson family had previously called on MSNBC to cancel the documentary special’s broadcast. “[It’s] morally reprehensible to cloak a murderer and convicted felon with celebrity status,” LaToya Jackson wrote in a letter to network president Phil Griffin. “[It’s] disgusting to permit this criminal to profit from homicidal acts that left my family without a brother, my niece and nephews without a father, my parents without a son.”