Michael Jackson's doctor says concert promoter owes him $300,000 [Updated]
Michael Jackson's personal doctor, who was interviewed Saturday by police detectives over the circumstances surrounding the pop star's death, is owed $300,000 from the concert promoter planning Jackson's comeback concerts, his attorney said today.
Dr. Conrad Murray had been selected by Jackson to be his physician for the tour, but entertainment giant AEG was paying his bills. Murray was at Jackson's Holmby Hills home when he was stricken Thursday and tried to revive him.
Coroner's officials said Jackson had been using prescription drugs, and the investigation is focused on whether he overdosed. A law enforcement source told The Times there was "no red flag" and "no smoking gun" revealed in the interview to suggest criminal wrongdoing or the possible cause of death.
Matt Alford, Murray's attorney, told MSNBC this morning that Murray is a witness -- not a suspect -- in the case. He said Murray planned to go with Jackson on the tour. And since AEG was paying his bills, the company owes him $300,000 in back pay.
[Updated at 9:12 a.m.: AEG's chief executive has said that the company had not yet finalized the arrangement with Murray or advanced him money.]
-- Shelby Grad and Harriet Ryan