Conrad Murray Sings During TV Interview

Rolling Stone

Michael Jackson's former physician Conrad Murray burst into song yesterday on CNN during his first interview with a journalist since he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for the singer's death. Murray's interview came at the opening of the trial in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Jackson's children and mother against concert promoter AEG Live regarding the hire of Murray. Murray sang "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot," and also told Anderson Cooper from prison that his "intentions were good."

Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial Begins in Los Angeles

"To be honest, I became a sounding board for Michael," Murray said. "He offloaded and regurgitated everything that was bad in his past and everything that was dark. And I have been the absorbent capacity for that."

Murray said he was not the one who brought the drug propofol to Jackson's home, despite ordering the drug. "I met him at his own stash," said Murray. "I did not agree with Michael, but Michael felt that it was not an issue because he had been exposed to it for years and he knew exactly how things worked. And given the situation at the time, it was my approach to try to get him off of it, but Michael Jackson was not the kind of person you can just say, 'Put it down,' and he's going to do that."

Murray went into detail on administering the drug to Jackson, and painted himself as a scapegoat. "Nobody has taken any responsibilities for anything that they may have done to this man but, because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, then here I am," he told Don Lemon in another CNN interview. " I did nothing wrong and all I tried to do was to help a friend who I encountered in a devastated state and I tried to do everything possible to help my friend. . . . It was not an easy task but I never gave up on my friend – never did."

Before he was sentenced in November 2011, Murray was defiant in an interview with NBC. "I don't feel guilty," he said, "because I did not do anything wrong."

This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Conrad Murray Sings During TV Interview
View Comments