Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson's Former Anesthetist Opens Up About Star's Drug Use

An anesthetist who sedated or monitored Michael Jackson before surgical procedures 35 times between 1993 and 2003 has testified he refused to put the King of Pop to sleep on one occasion because he was acting inappropriately.

David Fournier took the witness stand on Thursday (25Jul13) in the ongoing Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles - a day after a Miami, Florida-based doctor told the court he treated the tragic pop superstar for an addiction to painkiller Demerol a decade ago.

The certified nurse anesthetist revealed the singer was scheduled to receive some "facial work" in 2003, but Fournier cancelled the procedure after becoming concerned about Jackson's behaviour, explaining the singer was acting "a little goofy, a little slow to respond".

Fournier testified that Jackson assured him he had not taken any recreational drugs or medication, but he didn't believe him, and refused to proceed.

It was the last time he worked with the Thriller star.

The anesthetist also told the court that Jackson stopped breathing during one dermatological procedure, and he recalled having to control the singer's ventilation and "assist" it.

Fournier, who was called to the stand as a defence witness in the wrongful death suit Jackson's mother and three children filed against executives at Aeg Live - the company behind the singer's ill-fated This Is It tour - also recalled administering the anaesthetic propofol, which claimed Jackson's life in June, 2009, 14 times between 2000 and 2003.

He told the court that the singer often referred to the drug as "the milk", referencing its street name milk of amnesia.

Fournier said he administered anesthesia to Jackson for procedures including scalp work, dental treatment, cosmetic fillers, Botox and collagen injections, as well as "extensive tattooing" on the singer's lips and eyes, adding, "He often needed to be sedated".

Lawyers representing Aeg Live insist Fournier's testimony further indicates that Jackson was regularly using propofol seven years before their clients partnered with the pop star for the This Is It shows.

The King of Pop's mother and children maintain Aeg executives are liable because they failed to supervise her son's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who is serving time behind bars for administering the fatal dose of the anaesthetic that claimed Jackson's life.

The case continues.


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rosemary moly gomes

Ok.....14 time or more time they apply this to him.But not died that time.And all this thinks are known to everyone.Why this time he died & why after too many years they want to make a tour for him?So many question is here. AEG knows dead elephant also have great price.For killing him no one will even think that this tiny health man who dies very easily can be murder & no one can blame anyone.WRIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELLO I blame u AEG for execute the master plan for killing MICHAEL JACKSON.

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I am trying to understand why AEG assumes this will make a difference? There has been no question as to the fact that MJ used prescribed drugs from the day he burned his scalp off doing that Pepsi commercial and for all his cosmetic surgeries, and when he broke his nose and when he hurt his back when he fell off stage etc.until the day he died. AEG can bring on all the doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, tattoo artist, even Bubbles, and any other person who testimony is because of a certain affliction they PUT A NEEDLE INTO MJ'S BODY TO NUMB HIM FOR ALL THE PROCEDURES HE HAD DONE. What does that have to do with the fact that he was administered propofol, was not monitered and then was neglected by Dr. Conrad Murray and on Jun 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died because of this man. None of these people administered anything that took MJ's life, but just like Conrad Murray these people are coming forward for AEG's benefit (hopefully not getting paid), who still have yet to prove that they were not the bosses of Murray!!! Hang in there Ms. Katherine cause God don't like ugly and as promised AEG is attempting to portray anything ugly whether it's true or not about a person they claimed to have cared(?) to much for, when only 4 years ago they thought he would bring them millions, now their take on him is he is this addict (that they claims to know nothing about) and this horrible person mostly because he isn't here to defend himself and without a doubt because they don't want to be responsible for any part of his demise, WHICH MIGHT COST THEM THE MONEY THEY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN HAD MJ LIVED!

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