The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson says in an interview with NBC’s “Today,” conducted before the verdict was issued in his trial, that he doesn’t feel guilty about the singer’s death, TMZ.com reports.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Dr. Conrad Murray says in the interview, according to the report. Murray was convicted Monday of being responsible for Jackson’s death, as reported previously.
“Today” waited to air the interview until the trial was over. The version of events presented in the interview differs from evidence that was presented in the trial.
TMZ reports: “During the interview, Murray completely contradicts the story he told police about what he was doing when Michael Jackson was dying on June 25, 2009. Murray told NBC, he put MJ to sleep that fateful day … and left the room to talk on the phone, because he didn’t want to wake Michael up.”
That version differs from what Murray told authorities shortly after Jackson’s death in an interview that was taped and played during the trial. In that version Murray says he left the room to go to the bathroom and was gone for only about two minutes.
NBC reports that Murray was away from Jackson, talking on the phone, for “far longer than the two minutes he acknowledged,” TMZ reports.
In a related story, a new documentary focused on Murray has begun airing in the U.K., and is scheduled to premiere tonight on MSNBC, as reported earlier today.