Michael Jackson’s Last Days Wanted by Dr. Conrad Murray
The defense for Dr. Conrad Murray in the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray could possibly be shown footage of MJ in his last days before his death in 2009. The last videos of Michael Jackson were so top secret, they were transported in an unmarked truck, accompanied by armed guards in the dead of the night … this according to new docs filed in the Conrad Murray manslaughter case.
While prosecutors say that Michael died from an overdose of medication administered by Dr. Murrary, defense lawyers believe that the videos will show that Michael was already ill and physically weak. Dr. Murray wants to see ALL of the rehearsal videos shot for the doomed “This is It” tour. Murray’s lawyers believe it could show Michael was in such a frail condition … there were many reasons for his death other than Propofol.
Murray’s lawyers subpoenaed the tapes, but now Sony Pictures — which has possession of the videos — is objecting for several reasons. Sony claims there are more than 20 boxes of videos and it would cost $200,000 to log and reproduce all of them. Sony Pictures owns the rights to the videos, which contains over 100 hours of unused video during Michael’s filming of of This Is It documentary and are contractually obligated to not allow any footage to be released that will be show MJ in a “negative light.” But in the docs, Sony describes how top secret the videos were to the studio. Sony lawyers say, “When they were transported to the Sony lot in Culver City, the transport in an unmarked truck was accompanied by armed guards in the dead of the night.”
When the tapes were in an editing bay, security guards were posted outside the door and no Internet access was allowed in the room. And a Sony honcho also submitted a declaration which says the videos “have a high monetary value inherent in their potential for future uses. Those uses include one or more ‘anniversary editions.'”
Unfortunately for Sony and for the Jackson estate, a judge can still force Sony to release the videos, which would help Dr. Murray’s defense.