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Conrad Murray: Michael Jackson An 'Addict'

First Posted: 11/10/2011 12:48 pm EST Updated: 01/23/2014 6:58 pm EST

Days following his conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray is finally breaking his silence in a new interview to be aired this week.

In the exclusive "Today Show" interview, which precedes a documentary that follows Murray and his defense team through their trial preparations (set to air on MSNBC Friday evening), the King of Pop's former personal physician admits to NBC News' Savannah Guthrie that if he had been made aware of Jackson's addiction, he would have reconsidered leaving the pop star alone in his bedroom with the fatal drug, propofol.

"Had I known what I know today in retrospect -- that Mr. Jackson was an addict -- and he had shared that information with me, addicts may behave in a way that is unreasonable and you may consider it," Murray said, according to reports. "I think propofol is not recommended to be given in the home setting, but it is not contraindicated," he added.

As expected, the Jackson estate released a statement immediately following Wednesday's announcement of the documentary, 'Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship,' which criticized the network for its decision to air the program, according to TMZ.

"Like so many of Michael's fans, the Estate is also disgusted by MSNBC's irresponsible and inexplicable decision to air a Conrad Murray 'documentary,'" the statement read. The statement also stated that the estate's co-executors, "John Branca and John McClain, are sending a letter to the top executives at Comcast, NBC Universal and MSNBC to express their disdain for their actions."

Jackson's brother, Jermaine, also took to Twitter to express his feelings on the documentary:


Jermaine Jackson
I hear all upset/frustrations re Murray doc. It's shameless & sickens me too, but I choose not to give it attention/controversy it craves

Conrad Murray is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29 and could get up to four years in prison.

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