Michael Jackson and Dr. Conrad Murray tried to recruit an anesthesiologist to join them on his comeback tour, according to testimony in the AEG Live wrongful death trial.
Murray, a cardiologist, arranged the meeting in March 2009 in which Jackson asked Dr. David Adams to travel with him to London, the doctor testified.
Adams said that after he offered to take the job for $100,000 a month guaranteed for three years, Murray stopped communicating with him.
“I texted basically, you know, ‘what’s going on, I’m on board,” Adams said. “And no response.”
Just weeks later Murray accepted an offer from an AEG Live executive to be Jackson’s personal physician on his “This Is It” tour for $150,000 a month.
Murray told investigators he began infusing Jackson with the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat his insomnia in April, a treatment that eventually killed the pop icon.
Jurors in the trial of Jackson’s last concert promoter viewed the video depositions of Adams and two other witnesses Wednesday ahead of a six-day break in testimony.
Jackson’s mother and children are suing AEG Live, contending the company’s executives negligently hired, retained or supervised Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s propofol overdose death.
AEG Live’s lawyers argue it was Jackson—not its executives—who chose and controlled Murray and that they had no way of knowing about the dangerous treatments he was giving the singer in the privacy of his bedroom.
Jackson: ‘Help me get my rest’
Adams, who administered propofol to Jackson during cosmetic dental procedures in Las Vegas four times in 2008, said Jackson and Murray never told him what his duties would be if he took a job with the tour.
“I said ‘I don’t sing and I really can’t dance, so to do what?” Adams testified.
“He says ‘Well, you know, I’m entertaining, I’m jumping around, I’m doing this. Every once in a while I need an IV,” Adams testified. “And he says ‘I just need you to help me get my rest.’ They were pretty vague, but on hindsight I know what they were talking about.”
Jackson and Murray, however, never mentioned that administering propofol or treating his insomnia would be one of his responsibilities on tour, the anesthesiologist testified.
Jackson never asked him to do anything medically inappropriate, Adams said.
Adams hinted that there was jealously on Murray’s part when Jackson courted him for a tour job.
“Murray really looked like he had just lost his best friend” when Jackson was discussing it, Adams said. “Oh, he was truly upset.”
Murray told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in April that Michael Jackson had “his own stash” of propofol in his home before he began treating him with it.
“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,” Murray said. “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.”