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Conrad Murray documentary is 'shameless,' Jackson family says

November 9, 2011 |  4:29 pm

Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson
As executors for Michael Jackson's estate demand that MSNBC refuse to air a documentary about Dr. Conrad Murray, the pop star's family members are also weighing in.

The documentary, "Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship," was purchased by MSNBC from a British production company and is scheduled to air Friday and Monday.


Michael Jackson estate letter to MSNBC "I've been speaking 2 Legal since yes2day 2 C how we can prevent this from being aired," LaToya Jackson tweeted Wednesday.

DOCUMENTS: Read the Jackson estate letter to MSNBC

In a series of tweets, Jermaine Jackson said, "I hear all upset/frustrations re Murray doc. It's shameless & sickens me too, but I choose not to give it attention/controversy it craves."

"We've bigger battles to fight than against the meaningless words of a liar whose version of events was unanimously rejected by a jury," Jermaine Jackson tweeted.

He said not giving it attention is the best way to boycott the documentary.

The family's reaction came as executors for the estate sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and the cable channel's corporate overseers. It called the documentary "reprehensible" and suggested that the network "exercise proper judgment" in canceling the scheduled show.

"It doesn't matter to us if it was a production company, Comcast, NBC Universal or MSNBC that paid for 'access' to Dr. Murray because all are morally culpable," the letter states. "These are moral loopholes aimed at excusing a reprehensible program stemming from Michael Jackson's tragic death that not only will be aired, but which is being heavily promoted on The Today Show in order to boost ratings at a struggling cable network."

MSNBC representatives had said earlier that the cable channel did not pay for access to Murray or contribute to his legal defense.

The producer of the documentary, October Films, said it paid only $1 for two years of access to Murray and a behind-the-scenes look at his legal defense.

On Monday, a jury convicted Murray of involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

-- Kimi Yoshino

Photos: Dr. Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson 

Credit: Pool photos