Tags: debbie rowe | testifies | michael jackson | propofol

Debbie Rowe Testifies Michael Jackson Used Propofol Before

Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 09:53 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Frustrated because his sleeping pills weren’t working, Michael Jackson reportedly enlisted his two German doctors to give him propofol two times in the mid-1990s, ex-wife Debbie Rowe testified Wednesday in the singer's wrongful-death trial.

Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two oldest children, was called as a witness for AEG Live to demonstrate that the King of Pop had a history with the powerful surgical anesthetic that eventually killed him.

Members of the Jackson family are suing AEG Live, the concert promoter in charge of the late singer's "This Is It" tour. The family claims AEG negligently hired, retained, and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, pressured the doctor to get the singer to rehearsals, and failed to get Jackson help in spite of the many signs that he was in trouble, CNN reported.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50 of cardiac arrest brought on by an overdose of propofol, which Murray reportedly used every night for two months to treat the singer's insomnia. Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Jackson's death.

AEG Live's lawyers argue that the company's executives had no way of knowing Murray was using propofol to treat Jackson.

Rowe testified that Jackson had his personal physician Dr. Allen Metzger arrange for two German anesthesiologists to inject him with propofol in a Munich hotel, where the singer was staying during a 1997 concert tour.

"Michael respected doctors immensely, that they went to school, that they studied and to do no harm," Rowe said on the stand. "Unfortunately, some of the doctors decided that when Michael was in pain or something that they would try to outbid on who could give him the better drug and so he listened to those doctors."

Rowe said the doctors "were having a pissing contest over who gave him the better drug."

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

He "slept" — or was unconscious — for eight hours after his first propofol treatment. He reportedly used the drug again three days later.

Rowe and Jackson were married in 1996 and divorced three years later. Rowe gave up her parental rights in 2001.

Related stories:

Prince Jackson, Michael's Son, To Testify in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Michael Jackson's Daughter Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

Michael Jackson Doctor Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter  

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Facebook, Instagram Down: Brief Outage Sparks Twitter Fury

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 14:08 PM

Facebook and Instagram went down for about an hour early Tuesday morning, sending Twitter into a tailspin. . . .

Missing Couple Found? Bodies Discovered Near Abandoned Car in Georgia

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 13:58 PM

Two bodies were found Monday in the search for missing couple Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66, reported c . . .

Greg Anthony Arrested: CBS Sports Analyst Offers Undercover $80 for Sex

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 13:51 PM

Greg Anthony, a CBS Sports analyst, has been accused of agreeing to pay an undercover officer $80 for sex. . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved