The trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray has heard an audio recording of his police interview, two days after the pop star’s death.
Murray says Jackson begged for the anaesthetic propofol which he called ‘milk’ to help him sleep.
The court in Los Angeles heard the two-hour tape in its complete form for the first time on Friday.
Murray told police: “It was 4:30 in the morning and he was wide awake and then he complained: ‘I got this feeling, Dr Conrad. I have these rehearsals to perform. I must be ready for the show in England. Tomorrow, I will have to cancel my performance.”
Murray said he finally gave Jackson propofol after trying to get him to sleep with sedatives all night. Jackson, he said, pleaded for the drug.
“Please, please, give me some milk, so I can sleep,” Murray quoted the singer as saying.
Murray, hired to care for Jackson ahead of his comeback concerts in London, denies involuntary manslaughter. He told police he had given the star propofol for sleep frequently in the weeks before his June 25, 2009 death but says he was trying to wean him off it.