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Dr. Conrad Murray Says He Loved Michael Jackson; Tried to Wean Him Off Propofol

Image courtesy of Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

In a paid interview with Australia's channel 9 TV station , Conrad Murray -- Michael Jackson 's former personal doctor and the man who spent two years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of the King of Pop -- insisted he tried to save the star's life.

Murray called Jackson a "drug addict" and insisted the fault for the lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol that killed Jackson rests with the late singer. "I did not agree with Michael on using such a powerful sedative for sleep," Murray insisted in the interview, for which he received an undisclosed fee. "So what I told Michael was that, 'We have to get you off this substance.'" Murray says despite his best intentions, however, "Michael Jackson is not a guy you can just say: 'Stop it.'"

Murray again reiterated what his defense said during his trial, that it was the performer himself who administered the lethal dose. "I was not present when Michael Jackson took matters in his own hands," Murray said. "Michael Jackson, as you have realized now, is a drug addict."

The interview also covered another controversial topic about the King of Pop: whether or not he abused children, despite his 2005 acquittal on child sex charges.

When Channel Nine presenter Liz Hayes asked, 'Do you think [Jackson] was a pedophile?" Murray paused for 15 seconds before saying, "I’m not prepared to answer that question, not now. And I tell you the reason why -- because my interview with you is candid and honest, and I will not make up or fabricate anything...I'll never be unfair to Michael and I'm not here to destroy Michael. You asked a question and I'm not prepared to answer -- not now.'"

Murray also gave an interview with Britain's Daily Mail newspaper in which he described the singer as living in a smelly room that he didn't allow housekeepers to enter, and that he wore a catheter during the night -- which the former doctor inserted himself -- because Jackson was incontinent.

Murray insisted that he "loved" Jackson -- who apparently predicted the disgraced former doctor would be among the last to see him alive. "You know, for the rest of your life and my life our names will become inseparable." Murray claimed Jackson said, "I'm clairvoyant."

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