Michael Jackson's personal physician DR. CONRAD MURRAY has blamed his financial woes on the King of Pop's death - insisting the tragedy has left him broke.
The doctor, who is currently under investigation over Jackson's passing in June (09), faced arrest earlier this month (Oct09) after he failed to show up at a Las Vegas Family Law court to attend a hearing over his child support.
Murray was due to answer allegations he owes Nenita Malibirian, the mother of his 10-year-old son, more than $13,000 (£8,670) in payments, with a court officer threatening to issue a bench warrant for his arrest unless he paid up by 21 October (09).
The medic's legal team filed an objection to the warrant and urged the court to put a payment plan in place because Murray's finances have been left in turmoil following the pop superstar's death.
Murray's attorney, Chris Aaron, tells RadarOnline.com, "Dr. Murray has every intention to pay the debt off. He's going to pay it.
"He was going to use the $150,000 per month that Michael Jackson was going to pay him, and he never received, and the revenue from his two practices to pay the back child support.
"Next thing you know, the $150,000 payment was stopped and his two clinics were shut down from death threats from Michael Jackson fans. He had no money.
"We are asking the Las Vegas District Attorney's office for a minimal payment plan until Dr. Murray gets his feet back on the ground. He intends to pay it off."
Investigators looking into Jackson's death have focused their case on Murray, who stands accused of administering the powerful prescription drug Propofol to the superstar prior to his death on 25 June (09).
Los Angeles authorities have yet to file any charges against Murray over the tragedy, which was ruled a homicide in August (09).