Michael Jackson’s estate has ordered Conrad Murray to stop talking about his former client, insisting that the doctor’s revealing remarks violated physician-patient privilege.
Calling Murray’s comments “shameful” and “cowardly”, attorney Howard Weitzman asserted that Murray has broken California law by giving interviews about the late singer. “Your interviews about Mr Jackson’s personal life, health, and … the medical treatment you supposedly provided him … disclose precisely the type of information that the physician-patient privilege is designed to protect,” Weitzman wrote in a letter obtained by RadarOnline.com. “It is beyond ironic and cowardly that after electing not to testify before the jury that convicted you, you are now trying to publicly defend your conduct by sharing supposed conversations you had with Michael Jackson and alleged details [of his] … condition.”
Murray has given a handful of interviews since leaving prison last month. The 60-year-old served half of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter; he was convicted for administering the drugs that led to Jackson’s death. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Murray repeated his claim that it was “Michael Jackson [who] accidentally killed Michael Jackson.”
“I believe [Michael] woke up, got hold of his own stash of propofol and injected himself,” he said. “He did it too quickly and went into cardiac arrest.”
“I was [Michael’s] closest friend,” Murray said in another interview, with Australia’s Channel 9. “I was [his] doctor, but I spent more time with him as a friend than taking care of him medically.” But the disbarred physician has also revealed graphic details of Jackson’s condition at the end of his life: “He wore dark trousers all the time because after he went to the toilet he would drip for hours,” Murray said. “I held his penis every night. I had to put a condom catheter on him because … [he] was incontinent.”
In reply, Murray’s criminal lawyer said that “the door to Michael Jackson’s medical history” had been “opened widely” by his family’s failed lawsuit against AEG Live. That case hinged on minute details of Murray’s behavior and Jackson’s symptoms. “I find it absurd that the estate is making such strenuous objections,” attorney Valerie Was told the New York Daily News. “It’s fairly obvious that this letter was written with the intent to release it to the public and intimidate Dr Murray.”