Michael Jackson’s former doctor claims in a scathing new video that the King of Pop’s father “chemically castrated” the singer.
Conrad Murray – who spent time behind bars in connection with Michael’s death in 2009 – asserts that the pop star told him about “the many sufferings” he allegedly endured at the hands of his father, Joe Jackson.
“The cruelty expressed by Michael that he experienced at the hand of his father, particularly the bad treatment,” Murray says as his voice trails off in a first-person video obtained by The Blast, a celebrity-news website. “The fact that he was chemically castrated to maintain his high-pitched voice is beyond words.”
Murray, 65, spent two years in prison on an involuntary manslaughter charge after providing Michael Jackson a lethal dose of the drug propofol, a powerful anaesthetic.
The new video emerged a little over two weeks after Joe Jackson died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Murray also assails Joe Jackson in the 69-second clip as “one of the worst fathers to his children in history”. He concludes by saying he hopes that the father, who was 89 when he died on June 27, is getting “redemption in Hell”.
Joe Jackson filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Murray in 2010 over Michael’s demise at the age of 50. He dropped the suit in 2012.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in late 2011. He was released in October 2013.
Michael had accused his father of turning physically violent toward him multiple times, including in his 1988 autobiography, Moonwalk.
“We’d perform for him and he’d critique us. If you messed up, you got hit, sometimes with a belt, sometimes with a switch. My father was real strict with us – real strict,” he wrote.