He skipped out on taking the witness stand, but Conrad Murray has no problem opening up in front of a television audience. The doctor, convicted last week for his role in the death of Michael Jackson, gave an extensive, in-depth interview to NBC's Today show (via TMZ) just days before the verdict, using the opportunity to tell the world, "I didn't do anything wrong." When asked if he has any regrets about his actions on the day Jackson died, he simply says, "I regret that Michael has died."
Alarmingly, during the interview Murray contradicts the story he told police about his actions while Jackson was dying on June 25, 2009. He tells Today that he put Jackson to sleep and then left the room to talk on the phone because he didn't want to wake up the sleep-deprived pop star. In contrast, he had told cops he had only left Jackson alone for a couple of minutes to use the restroom. The timeline of Murray's whereabouts during Jackson's final hours was a key component to the prosecution's case.
The interview is meant to promote the upcoming MSNBC documentary Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship. In the film, which has been contested by Jackson's family and estate, Murray reveals further details about his relationship with Jackson:
"I only wish that maybe in our dealings with each other, he was more forthcoming and honest to tell me things about himself. Certainly, he was deceptive by not sharing with me his whole medical history, doctors he was seeing, treatment that he might have been receiving."
Murray denies any knowledge of Jackson having an addiction problem, despite Jackson's unmistakable actions:
"He asked me, 'Please, please, Dr. Conrad ... I need some milk so that I can sleep. If I don't get any sleep today, I cannot perform, I cannot do anything. He was pleading and begging me to please, please let him have some 'milk,' because that was the only thing that would work."
The documentary is scheduled to air Friday night on MSNBC.
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