Just two days after Dr. Conrad Murray was declared guilty in Michael Jackson’s June 2009 death, the Today show has released a preview of a sitdown between Murray and correspondent Savannah Guthrie. Guthrie’s chat with Murray — filmed before the verdict was handed down — will air in two parts on Thursday and Friday morning in advance of a two-hour special Michael Jackson and the Doctor, which Murray filmed with U.K. Broadcaster Steve Hewlett in November 2009, before he was charged in Jackson’s death. The documentary features behind-the-scenes footage of Murray’s defense team as well as a particularly unsettling set of photos of Jackson’s disordered home. In his Today interview, the doctor steadfastly maintained his innocence, essentially blaming Jackson’s addiction for the singer’s death. See exactly what Murray had to say and watch the full preview after the jump.
When asked if he thought Jackson had self-injected the fatal dose, Murray said with a coy smile, “What do you think?” He added, “Something happened when I was not in that room.” Without explicitly blaming Jackson, he insisted, “Nothing that I gave Michael should have ended his life.”
In the earlier filmed documentary, not yet bitter about his fate, Murray portrays himself as a helper to the reclusive Jackson, a life coach of sorts. He claims he urged Jackson to clean his home and express his emotions: “I told him, ‘It’s okay to cry, Michael. It’s okay.'”
Murray’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29. Michael Jackson and the Doctor premieres Friday night on MSNBC. Will you watch?