Doc­tor tes­ti­fies Jack­son asked for anes­thetic to sleep

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - ENTERTAINMENT - By An­thony Mccart­ney

LOS AN­GE­LES — Michael Jack­son re­quested the anes­thetic propo­fol to help him sleep at least a decade be­fore he died from an over­dose of the drug, a doc­tor tes­ti­fied Wed­nes­day.

Dr. Chris­tine Quinn said Jack­son sum­moned her to a ho­tel in 1998 or 1999 and asked her to give him propo­fol.

She said she re­fused the re­quest and told Jack­son it wasn’t ap­pro­pri­ate to use anes­the­sia as a sleep aid.

“I told him that the sleep you get with anes­the­sia is not real sleep, not rest­ful sleep,” Quinn said.

Jack­son re­sponded by say­ing his time un­der anes­the­sia was the best sleep he had ever had, she tes­ti­fied.

Jack­son died in 2009 from an over­dose of propo­fol that was ad­min­is­tered by Con­rad Mur­ray, who was later con­victed of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter.

Quinn was tes­ti­fy­ing for the de­fence in a neg­li­gent hir­ing law­suit filed by Jack­son’s mother against AEG Live LLC, the pro­mot­ers of the singer’s ill­fated come­back con­certs. AEG de­nies it hired Mur­ray.

Ju­rors also heard Wed­nes­day from Cher­i­lyn Lee, a nurse prac­ti­tioner who said Jack­son said he needed propo­fol to help him sleep in April 2009, a lit­tle more than two months be­fore his death. Lee said she warned Jack­son that propo­fol was un­safe for home use and he might not wake up, but the singer in­sisted that doc­tors told him he would be fine as long as he was mon­i­tored.

“His de­meanour was, ‘I have to have this. I have to have this to sleep. You don’t un­der­stand, I have not had a good night’s sleep,”’ Lee said. Lee did not give propo­fol to Jack­son. At­tor­neys for Jack­son’s mother have ac­knowl­edged the singer strug­gled with pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions but re­jected his char­ac­ter­i­za­tion as an addict.

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