A Las Vegas doctor who was summoned to Michael Jackson‘s suite came away convinced that intimidation by his handlers was part of their modus operandi to feed his addictions.
The request for a house call came in November 2003 through a friend of one of his patients: Jackson was sick. Could the doctor treat him?
When the doctor arrived in The Mirage suite, the residence "had been trashed."
After their introduction, Jackson said he had a sore throat and a cough. The doctor said he quickly determined it was a ploy to get prescription drugs.
"The whole thing was staged," said the doctor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "It was all a lie. They just wanted drugs. They wanted me to call in all these pills under someone else’s name."
Jackson’s man in charge "started giving me a rough time. He was trying to intimidate me. I said, ‘I can’t do that.’"
That irritated the handler, who said, "What you mean, they always do that."
The physician said he stood his ground.
As he got ready to leave, the doctor, still shaken, told Jackson’s rep, "I’ll see what I can do."
The handler "came up to me and put a finger in my chest and said, ‘You do that.’"
As he left the premises, the physician shook his head in disbelief. "I was waiting for someone to jump out of bushes and say ‘You’ve been punked.’ I felt I was on ‘Candid Camera.’"
In retrospect, it was a set-up from the moment he walked in, he believes.
It started with Jackson giving his daughter, Paris, then 5, "a face, a gesture," and she said, "I love you, Daddy." Then Jackson turned to his oldest son, Prince Michael, 6, who said, "I love you, Daddy."
The doctor was convinced the interaction was rehearsed for his benefit.
After the tense standoff, Jackson’s handler didn’t get what he wanted and the doctor never heard from them again.
But the way the doctor was treated wasn’t the only thing that bothered him.
Six years later, he’s convinced Jackson had "classic signs of autism," the brain development disorder that includes the triad of poor social interaction, poor communication and limited interest.
Autism disorders can include the Asberger syndrome, which is associated with cognitive development, being abnormally intense or focused, unusual eating behavior and severe insomnia.
The doctor’s experience with Jackson raises several questions: How widespread has the practice of doctor-shopping become in Las Vegas? Will the investigation into Jackson’s prescription drug abuse lead back to the Las Vegas medical community, given Jackson spent a good deal of time here in recent years? Will the intense scrutiny uncover more leads in Danny Gans‘ drug-related death?
Doctor-shopping "has become very common," he said.
The meeting with Jackson wasn’t the first time the physician felt pressured to accommodate a VIP.
He treated a high profile casino executive who wanted sleeping pills. A week later, the executive wanted a refill and a week after that he requested another refill "and I said no — and my services are no longer required."
The sad thing, he said, is that someone else filled the void.
"It’s Elvis Presley all over again."
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THE PUNCH LINE
"It’s rated ‘F’ for fabulous." — From David Letterman‘s Top Ten Reasons To See The New Movie Bruno Presented By Bruno.
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