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Dying Jackson's doc 'phoning women'

Michael Jackson's doctor was so distracted by his own complicated love life that he failed to pay proper attention to the singer's treatment in the hours before he died, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said they could show Dr Conrad Murray was talking on his mobile phone and sending text messages to three different women during that time.

One conversation with a cocktail waitress he met at a Houston, Texas, restaurant lasted 11 minutes and apparently ended when Murray realised Jackson, 50, was not breathing, prosecutors said.

Murray was also accused of receiving calls and texting with two other women he had met at Las Vegas strip clubs. "He was receiving personal phone calls during the hours when he was supposed to be completely focused on the care of Mr Jackson," prosecutors said in the documents.

Prosecutors are trying to persuade a judge to allow the evidence during Murray's forthcoming involuntary manslaughter trial.

Murray also broke doctor-patient confidentiality by trying to impress the women with the fact that he was treating Jackson, deputy district attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil said in their motion.

Murray also was accused of disclosing confidential information to the women while withholding it from authorities at the time of Jackson's death on June 25 2009.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, is accused of gross negligence for administering the anaesthetic propofol and other sedatives to Jackson before he died.

The trial is likely to focus on his competence based partially on his reactions after Jackson stopped breathing. Evidence at a preliminary hearing earlier this year showed that Murray never told paramedics or hospital personnel that he had given Jackson propofol or other sedatives.

Defence lawyers have moved to bar evidence involving "sexually scandalous information", including Murray's patronage of strip clubs. "This evidence has no rational bearing on any issue in this matter and is presented merely to harass and discredit Dr Murray," a defence motion stated.


From Belfast Telegraph