TMZ are reporting that Conrad Murray is claiming that Arnold Klein, Michael’s former doctor, is partly to blame for Michael’s death, and as such, should be included as a defendant in Joseph Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit.
In legal papers filed today and obtained by TMZ, Dr Murray challenges Mr Jackson’s decision not to name Dr Klein as one of the doctors allegedly responsible for his son’s death. In the new documents Conrad Murray is quoted from Mr Jackson’s lawsuit as follows; “Dr. Klein may have been medicating Michael Jackson up until or even beyond June 18, 2009, less than one week before Michael Jackson’s death.” He also quotes by saying; Dr Klein “prescribed or may have over medicated Michael Jackson including to such point that AEG Live, LLC had to hire Dr Murray in order to separate Michael Jackson from Arnold Klein.”
Mr Jackson’s lawsuit also claims; “AEG Live, LLC read Michael Jackson the proverbial ‘riot act’ to get him to stop subjecting himself to overmedication by Dr Arnold Klein.” So with all that, Dr Murray concludes, “The plaintiff (Joe Jackson) does not explain why, given these allegations, Dr Arnold Klein is not a required party to be added to accord proper relief.” TMZ first reported that Arnold Klein shot Michael full of Demerol, fifty-one injections in a three month span, right up until the week of his death.
Conrad Murray also points the finger at other doctors who treated Michael saying TMZ stories revealed that seven doctors other than himself were fueling Michael with medication at or near the time of his death.
Murray’s team asked the court to dismiss Mr Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit, claiming he does not have the right to file because he’s not a beneficiary of Michael’s estate.