Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, is currently serving his sentence in a Los Angeles County Jail. He's been complaining of pain -- for various reasons -- for some time, and on Wednesday, a voicemail he left for a friend was released by TMZ.
In part, the voicemail (embedded below) says:
I can’t sleep now; it’s very hard and I’m in constant pain. All I am asking for is can someone please help me please ... please give me a little bit of help.
I can't use my hands anymore ... I have no more use of my arms.
Murray asked his unnamed friend to help him by calling Sheriff Baca, adding:
... and do me a favor ... if somebody could just maybe call the sheriff himself, call Sheriff Baca ... ask him to please see me, maybe he doesn’t know what happens in here.
Murray is scheduled to be released by the end of the year, but Sheriff Baca could release him into home confinement before then.
Reaction to the audio has been swift and negative. When approached by TMZ on Wednesday, Tom Mesereau, who is the lawyer who successfully represented Michael Jackson in the singer's 2005 sexual molestation trial, said he was disgusted.
This man is despicable. I can't listen to any more of this.
This man is despicable. This man has never taken responsibility for what he did to Michael Jackson. He's always been a blamer. He blames Michael Jackson for everything.
[Conrad] wants everyone to feel sorry for his situation. He caused the death of one of the greatest artists in world history ... a kind, decent, wonderful, nice person. He caused his death and he's never taken responsibility for it.
The audio of Murray's voicemail is embedded. Due to embedding limitations, Mesereau's comment is available here.