Doctor Tells Court That Michael Jackson Used Propofol For Years
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.29.2013
As a sleep aid...
Billboard reports that a doctor told the court in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial that the singer used the anesthetic propofol for at least a decade before he died.
Dr. Christine Quinn said Jackson called her to a Beverly Hills hotel in either 1998 or 1999 and asked for the drug. She met Jackson while has having dental procedures. She refused the requested and told him that using the drug as a sleep aid wasn't appropriate.
She said: "I told him that the sleep you get with anesthesia is not real sleep, not restful sleep."
She added that Jackson told her his time under anesthesia was the best sleep he ever had.
Jackson died of an overdose of the drug in 2009, which was given to him by Dr. Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Wuinn testified for the defense in the negligent hiring lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson against AEG Live, who promoted his "This Is It" concert series. AEG has denied hiring Murray. Quinn said she gave Jackson anesthesia for procedures done after the meeting at the hotel. He never asked for propofol after that meeting or requested he be kept for longer than necessary.
Nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee also testified yesterday. She said that Jackson mentioned he needed the drug to help him sleep in April 2009. She warned him that it was not safe for home use and he might not wake up, but Jackson said that doctors told him he would be find if he was monitored. She also didn't give him any propofol.
Lee said: "His demeanor was, `I have to have this. I have to have this to sleep. You don't understand, I have not had a good night's sleep."
AEG Live has called several of Jackson's former doctors to testify. One expert, Dr. Petros Levounis, said Tuesday that Jackson showed signs that he was doctor shopping and trying to find a physician who would give him opioid medications. Katherine Jackson's legal team have said he had trouble with prescription medications but usually only received anesthesia and medications during medical and dental procedures. They denied that he was an addict.