On Monday, the sports medicine program director of Stanford University, Dr. Gordon Matheson, testified that the doctor appointed for pop star Michael Jackson’s ‘That Is It’ concert series had conflicts of interest with the promoter of the tour. It could be a possible motive for the doctor to apply bad medical decisions on the pop king. The doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been accused of administering a lethal dose of propofol, a kind of anesthetic, to Jackson.
The singer’s mother and children brought a wrongful death case against AEG Live’s producer, promoter, and two executives. According to Dr. Matheson, the debts of Dr. Murray meant that he was in need of $150,000 per month, which he was supposed to get. Matheson’s testimony suggested that Murray was answerable to AEG rather than his patient due to the contract. It is very understandable that he would want to please the company because he would have lost his job if the fifty concerts had been postponed.
According to Matheson, that conflict played when Jackson’s health condition aggravated. The testimony was given under the impression that there was a contract between AEG and Murray. Matheson’s statement was taken on the trial’s 35th day of testimony.
The Jacksons complained that the doctor was hired and supervised by AEG but the company said that Murray was Jackson’s employer. The doctor made the contract just a day before the singer’s death on June 25, 2009. However, neither the singer nor AEG signed it.
Matheson said that, the terms of the contract were such that Murray was still eligible to get paid without the sign of either AEG or Jackson. He specially pointed toward a line in the contract making the impression that Murray was to do works sensibly requested by producer.
According to Matheson, that line tied Murray to AEG though he was supposed to give services to Jackson. He said that it created a conflict as to which of the interests was the most important.