Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Michael Jackon: Dr Conrad Murray made 'frantic' call

Michael Williams said that Dr Conrad Murray wanted to remove "some cream that he would not want the world to know about" from the singer's bedroom after he had died.
A key aide and a security guard have told the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor of events on the day the superstar died.
His personal assistant described a "frantic" call from Dr Conrad Murray, and security guard Faheem Muhammad said he saw Dr Murray try to revive Jackson.
Prosecutors say Dr Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of a sedative that caused his death in June 2009.
The defence says Jackson gave himself too much of the drug, propofol.
The pop star had been using the drug, which is usually administered intravenously, as a sleeping aid.
Michael Amir Williams, Jackson's personal assistant, told the court about a phone call he received from Dr Murray on the day of Jackson's death.
Mr Williams told the jury: "He said, 'Get here right away, Mr Jackson had a bad reaction. Get somebody up here immediately.'"
He also gave details about how he dispatched security guards to the star's bedroom and said Dr Murray was "frantic" as Jackson's body was taken out to the ambulance.
Faheem Muhammed, head of security for Jackson, also testified. He told the court about what happened in Jackson's bedroom and confirmed that he saw an intravenous (IV) stand there.
"Dr Murray was... on the opposite side of him [Jackson] near the far side of the bed on the other side. He appeared to be administering CPR [cardio-pulmonary resuscitation], he appeared very nervous, he was on his side, he was sweating, he just, he appeared to be administering CPR," Mr Muhammed said.
Asked about how the star looked, Mr Muhammed said his eyes and mouth were slightly open, but agreed that he seemed already dead.
CPR request Earlier, the court heard that Jackson was energetic and performing well in the days before he died.
Promoter Paul Gongaware told the Los Angeles court that Jackson had been "fully engaged" in rehearsals for his forthcoming series of comeback concerts in London.
Mr Gongaware told the court how Jackson asked him to employ Dr Murray as his doctor, adding that that the doctor initially asked for payment of $5m (£3.2m) for a year.
"I told him there's no way that's going to happen," he said, adding that Dr Murray was eventually offered $150,000 a month.
Mr Gongaware also acknowledged that his firm, AEG, had been sued by Jackson's mother for negligent supervision of Dr Murray while he worked with the star.
Dr Murray's lawyer Kathy Jorrie told the court that Dr Murray had asked for a CPR machine and an additional physician to help him care for Jackson in London.
"He wanted to make sure that there was somebody else available to be of assistance," Mr Jorrie told the court.
On Tuesday, the court heard evidence from Jackson choreographer Kenny Ortega, who told of an email he had written expressing "deep concern" over the singer's health about a week before he died, aged 50.
The trial is expected to last about five weeks.

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