Tonight on AC360: Exclusive Interview with Michael Jackson's jailed doctor
April 2nd, 2013
06:20 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Exclusive Interview with Michael Jackson's jailed doctor

The man found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for causing Michael Jackson's 2009 death will speak out from behind bars in an exclusive live interview with Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

Dr. Conrad Murray is serving a four year sentence at the Los Angeles County Jail, but is in the process of appealing his conviction. Murray was treating Jackson for insomnia, to help him prepare for the physically demanding "This Is It" concert tour, when the pop star died. Murray maintains his innocence and is hoping to get his medical license back.

Ultimately, the prosecution convinced a jury that Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of a surgical anesthetic. The defense claimed Jackson gave himself the drugs that caused his overdose.

In related news, Murray, who never took the stand at his own trial, will plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in a jury trial that began today against AEG Live. Jackson's family is suing the concert promoter, arguing it’s responsible for the singer’s death because it hired Murray.

The family wants compensation equal to the amount Jackson would have made if he was still alive. But AEG Live is turning the tables and is expected to blame the pop star for his own death. The company will try to prove it’s not liable by citing evidence of Jackson’s drug addiction and erratic behavior through the years. AEG also insists Murray wasn't its employee, but was employed by Jackson as his long-time personal physician.

Hear from Murray in his own words about the ongoing litigation at 8 and 11 p.m. ET tonight. Tweet your reaction to the interview @AC360.

UPDATE Watch part of the interview:

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Vic

    After listening to Dr Murray's interview, i would really say that, i don't think Dr Murray was actually responsible for MJ death. I feel that the way MJ was always taking about no childhood , and probably being in so much Debt, lawsuits, accused of child doing, soooo much that MJ had going on in his life, that he didn't want to live anymore. And who really knows what MJ was taking behind close doors. Listen to his voice and how he sound in his last days. But the bottom line is that NOBODY KNOWS WHAT YOU FEELING INSIDE . NOBODY

    April 3, 2013 at 12:33 am |
  2. Tom garland

    Sadly, Michael Jackson is singularly responsible for his own demise and death. I find it appaling that so many people including his family want to assign blame elsewhere. In this case, they are looking for more money to support their otherwise non-productive and even destructive life on the dole. Their "sugar daddy" is gone!

    April 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  3. sylvia

    Oh, Anderson. How did you keep a straight face when Dr. Murray sang that song? I wonder what you said when the cameras were off!! That was so absurd!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  4. Al Sjoholm

    Why would the lead story be about anything to do with Michael Jackson? I'm sure there are more important stories to report. Anderson, over the years you have done some fine reporting, now it looks like the management is worried about the radical networks competing against your time slot...so you are resorting to crap like this tonight. My wife and I changed the channel, we have been watching you for years.

    Get back to reporting news that is relevant.

    April 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  5. Nick Oneppo

    Well I heard the interview about michael Jackson.this doctor should not be in jail. Super stars are above the law and have money which gives them power. They demand what they want and get it . Michael had a mental problem he was a black man that wanted to be white. I'm sure there are dark secrets in his family growing up that helped to mess him up . The family wants money if they had any love or respect for their poor tormented child they would pray for his soul and stop chasing the dollar. Nobody has the ba!!s to say what they really think. Nicko

    April 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  6. madeline

    Murray knew just what he was doing and getting paid by AIG for doing it. Like he said he was a child who had nothing. No feeling and the chance to make millions is what it was all about. So what he will do a little Jail Time . He will be free and RICH and thats all he cared about !

    April 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  7. Carol Collins

    OMG. His attorney is probably writing her resignation at this very moment.

    April 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
  8. Tom Munro

    Anderson Cooper said that propofol does not provide a natural state of sleep. In fact, propofol is the ONLY general anesthetic that provides a restorative sleep. It has been demonstrated in studies and those of us that administer propofol every day see that effect in the many patients who will ask us afterward, "Can you come to my house tonight?".

    On the other hand, having watched with interest Conrad Murray's trial testimony, I was left with the impression that his is someone unfamiliar with propofol. He didn't recognise the built in hanger mechanism for the propofol vials, and he was fascinated with MJ's slurred speech under propofol (a universal characteristic). today, I found Mr. Murray's denial that he administered an infusion to be unbelievable.

    April 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm |

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