The Latest on Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's private physician Conrad Murray is in a world of trouble. Police and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have executed raids on his home and practise in the last week, looking for evidence in a possible manslaughter case. In short, they believe the good doctor administered Jackson an anaesthesia known as Diprivan that may have inadvertently killed him.
Used to induce unconsciousness in patients ahead of major surgery, Diprivan is only supposed to be used under strict supervision. What you're not supposed to do is administer it to someone in their home and then fall asleep – which is apparently what happened. Although unconfirmed, a number of stories have the doctor falling asleep after giving Jackson the drug, then waking up to find him dead.
Murray's lawyers are talking the whole thing down and asking for calm. “It's a waste of time responding to all these timed 'leaks' from 'anonymous' sources,” attorney Ed Chernoff said. “I feel like a horse swatting flies. Everyone needs to take a breath and wait for these long-delayed toxicology results ... Things tend to shake out when all the facts are made known, and I'm sure that will happen here as well”.
The lawyer went on to say Murray did not give Jackson any drugs that "should have" caused his death. Which is fair enough – Murray was on $150,000 a month to keep Jackson alive.
In other MJ news, La Toya Jackson is flogging the conspiracy theory her brother was murdered for the rights to his publishing fortune. “Michael was murdered,” she told the UK's News of the World tabloid. “And we don't think just one person was involved. Rather, it was a conspiracy of people. I feel it was all about money. Michael was worth well over a billion in music publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more dead than alive."
She went on to say Michael was worried for his safety and the fate of his golden goose – the publishing rights to The Beatles back-catalogue.
"A couple of years ago Michael told me he was worried that people were out to get him," she said. "'They're gonna kill me for my publishing. They want my catalogues and they're gonna kill me for these'. I knew something terrible was going to happen,”
To a cut a long story short, MJ bought the publishing rights to The Beatles (and various other artists) back catalogue in the mid '80s for about $48 million. While he had to sell-off sections as his finances went to pieces, he still held a substantial percentage of the company, said to be worth about $1.5 billion. His stake in said company was one of the few things keeping him from going broke over the last few years.