Although Dr. Conrad Murray decided not to testify in his own behalf in his just-completed trial for involuntary manslaughter, he made a deal months ago to tell his story in a documentary that examines his role in the death of Michael Jackson.
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The documentary, entitled “Michael Jackson and the Doctor,” will air on Friday on MSNBC. It was produced by Zodiak Rights, a company that signed the doctor to do the documentary shortly after Jackson died in 2009.
The documentary crew had exclusive access to Murray and his defense team both as they prepared for the trial and during the court proceedings.
In the film, Murray claimed Jackson begged him for the drug propofol, which the singer called his “milk.” Propofol is normally only administered in a hospital setting and a key reason the doctor was put on trial.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Murray’s administering of the drug showed he had reckless disregard for the consequences.
“[Jackson] could not sleep. Have you ever seen the ‘Thriller’ image? He looked that hysterical,” Murray said.
“I told security to get the kids away from there. Get the kids away from there, because I did not want them to see their father getting CPR,” Murray said.
Murray also claimed he took immediate control of the situation when it became apparent that Jackson was in grave danger. He said he gave orders to Jackson’s bodyguards.
He described doing CPR and asking for help, telling the guards to call 911.
During the trial, prosecutors claimed Murray waited a half hour before calling 911 in order to cover up how he had been treating his celebrity patient.
In the documentary, he disputed this, becoming emotional as he recalled the scene.
“In addition to me doing CPR, chest compressions and trying to resuscitate this patient, I’m controlling him [the body guard] on the 911 call. ‘How old is the patient? Fifty. Get over here. I need you. Come on. Help me,'” Murray said.
Murray also compared his childhood to Jackson’s, saying both had fathers who were controlling, and noted, “I think in many ways, there were mirror images of our lives.”
He also described the kind of pain he believed Jackson suffered in his life.
“He lived a life greater than a hundred years of pain,” he said.