*A recording of an apparently drugged Michael Jackson was played for the jury today in the manslaughter trial of the singer’s doctor, with the King of Pop saying he wanted to help kids because he “didn’t have a childhood.”
Jackson’s siblings Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie were among those in court listening to the May 2009 conversation between the singer and Dr. Conrad Murray, recorded on the physician’s iPhone. Jermaine Jackson wiped away tears with a tissue.
A portion of the tape was played during the prosecution’s opening arguments last week. Michael Jackson is heard speaking slowly, in a low and at times incoherent voice, slurring his words.
“My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream,” Jackson said. “I love them because I didn’t have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain.”
Prosecutors are seeking to prove through the tape that Murray knew the effects of the drugs they claim he was giving Jackson, well before the singer died in his care on June 25, 2009.
At the end of the tape played on Wednesday, Jackson stops talking and Murray asks him, “You OK?” Then there is another pause and Jackson responds, “I am asleep.”
Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter — or criminal negligence — in Jackson’s death at his Los Angeles mansion from what medical examiners have said was an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol combined with sedatives.
The doctor has admitted giving Jackson propofol that day as a sleep aid. But his attorneys claim that Jackson gave himself an extra, fatal dose of propofol when Murray was out of the room.
The tape was played during testimony of computer forensic analyst Stephen Marx, who testified that he found emails that Dr. Murray sent hours before Jackson died on June 25, 2009; and also about the recording of the conversation between Jackson and Murray that was extracted from the iPhone.
Murray recorded the conversation as Jackson prepared for a series of 50 planned comeback concert dates in London titled “This Is It.”
“Elvis didn’t do it. Beatles didn’t do it. We have to be phenomenal,” Jackson is heard saying. He goes on to say that he wants to use the profits from his shows to fund a children’s hospital.
“Gonna have a movie theater, game room,” Jackson said, in describing his dream hospital. “Children are depressed. The — in those hospitals, no game room, no movie theater. They’re sick because they’re depressed. Their mind is depressing them.”
Jackson said he felt God wanted him to pursue the project.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.