Jackson’s Ex-Doctor Reveals Painkiller Addiction

A former tour doctor testifies in the King of
Pop’s wrongful death trial, says the singer was
a drug addict.

In the ongoing saga that
is the Michael Jackson
wrongful death trial, a
new testimony via a
video deposition played
for the jurors on
Monday, July 8, from a
doctor who trekked with
the King of Pop’s 1993
“Dangerous” tour. Dr.
Stuart Finklestein
recounted the incidents
that led him to believe
that Jackson had an
addiction to pain
medication back then.
His first suspicion came
when Jackson called him
into his hotel suite and
asked him to administer painkillers for a
severe headache he was having, which he
ended up addressing with an intravenous
morphine drip within 24-hours prior to
Jackson’s Bangkok, Thailand concert. He was
supposed to just give him a shot of Demerol on
the buttocks but they were already “so scarred
up and abscessed that the needle almost bent.”
Dr. Finklestein detailed how Jackson was
wearing another opiate Duragesic patch and
how a longtime make-up artist and hairstylist
gave him two ampules of Demerol. He said he
told the concert promoters his thoughts on
Jackson’s addiction but these were just
dismissed, even by friend, AEG executive Paul
Gongaware.
Gongaware responded to him by saying, “Don’t
be a Dr. Nick,” in reference to the physician
who supplied the late Elvis Presley with
prescription drugs leading to the King of Rock
& Roll’s death. Gongaware just warned him
“don’t get all infatuated where you start
administering drugs to a rock star and having
him die on you.”

Source: AceShowbiz.com

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