Michael Jackson’s Father Sues Doctor
Joe Jackson files wrongful death lawsuit...
Michael Jackson’s father has filed a wrongful death suit against the doctor accused of giving the star a lethal overdose of sedatives.
Joe Jackson accused Dr Conrad Murray of professional negligence and alleged he tried to hide the fact he’d given Michael the anaesthetic Propofol – usually only administered in hospitals – which authorities say killed him. Jackson Snr is seeking damages of over £50,000.
The lawsuit also names clinics the doctor runs in Nevada, Las Vegas and Houston, claiming they didn’t properly supervise Murray.
Michael died on 25 June 2009 following a cardiac arrest at his LA home. Murray had been treating the star in the run-up to his comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.
The civil suit will run at the same time as the criminal trial against the physician, which is expected to begin next year. He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
As the suit was filed, Murray’s attorney released a statement asserting the doctor’s innocence. "We'd like to remind people that Dr Murray has not been found guilty of anything and we believe his innocence will be proven in a court of law. We've been told we were going to be sued for months so today's filing is no surprise to us."