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Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Conrad Murray denies wrongdoing, claims Michael Jackson was an addict in ‘Today’ interview (Video)


"Today" show’s Savannah Guthrie sits down with Dr. Conrad Murray. (Carly Segal - NBC)
Conrad Murray adamantly denied he was responsible for the death of Michael Jackson during an interview with the “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie that aired Thursday and Friday.

(Watch part one of the interview.)

“I do not feel guilty because I did not do anything wrong,” Murray said in an interview recorded in the “waning days of the case,” according to CNN. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Monday.

(Watch part two of the interview.)

Murray again stated that he only injected Jackson with 25 milligrams of propofol, although an autopsy showed larger amounts in the singer’s system. He admitted to stepping away from Jackson for longer than the two minutes he previously acknowledged in order to talk on the phone. He could not see or hear Jackson during that time. “I wanted him to rest,” Murray said. “There was no need for monitoring.”

Murray said he does not regret leaving Jackson’s room the day the singer died, or even meeting the King of Pop in the first place. Rather he wished Jackson “was more forthcoming and honest to tell me things about himself.”

“Certainly he was deceptive by not sharing with me his whole medical history, doctors he was seeing, treatment that he might have been receiving,” he told Guthrie. Murray said Jackson was an addict desperate for propofol in order to treat his insomnia. He claimed, as the defense did, that “something happened” when he left the room that caused Jackson’s death.

Murray also explained his failure to call 911 when he first discovered Jackson was not breathing, an action that was a major red flag in the case, a juror told “Good Morning America.” Murray said he didn’t call an ambulance because no one was allowed upstairs in Jackson’s home except Jackson.

When the paramedics were called, Murray did not tell them he injected Jackson with propfol, he said, because it was an inconsequential amount.

As for the recording of a slurring Jackson played in court, Murray said it was made accidentally.

Murray could not recall Jackson’s exact last words. “It was probably when he was pleading and begging me to please, please let him have some 'milk,' because that was the only thing that would work,” he said.

He is currently being held in a Los Angeles jail awaiting sentencing Nov. 29.

Watch both parts of the interview below.

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By  |  09:33 AM ET, 11/11/2011

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