A doctor involved in the Michael Jackson death investigation is urging U.S. President Barack Obama to clamp down on "unethical" medics who exchange "controlled medication" for money.
Dr. Susan Essien Etok has told cops probing the superstar's sudden death in June (09) that the King of Pop pressured her to prescribe him drugs and even offered her $750,000 (GBP500,000).
In a letter obtained by TMZ.com, the medic claims she attempted to "intervene and expose Michael’s dependency (while he was alive)" but was "blocked by ‘forces’ that are more powerful than I am".
She goes on to claim Jackson's demise and the "untimely deaths" of "notable figures such as Anna-Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger and Elvis Presley, could have been prevented if tighter measures regarding access to controlled drugs had been in place."
And she urges Obama to hand out "harsher punitive measures" to unethical doctors.
Dr. Etok concludes, "I am coming to you with the support of the Jackson family and Michael’s friends; I was forced into a situation where I had to sit back and watch Michael die, powerless to help. I cannot remain silent any longer and watch this happen to another individual; my conscience would not allow it. I do hope that I have your backing on this and I hope that we can work close together in bringing about a reform."
The Jackson investigation is currently focused on the star's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who was living with the singer at the time of his 25 June (09) death. Cops are trying to establish if the medic gave his client the anaesthetic Propofol in the hours before he died.