LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A medical nurse is shedding new light on Michael Jackson’s drug-use and a series of medical procedures. The nurse took the witness stand in the singer’s wrongful death trial on Thursday.

Jurors heard testimony that Jackson was a frequent visitor to several doctors and was regularly put under for injections to his face. David Fournier, a nurse anesthetist and defense witness for AEG, said he sedated or monitored Jackson 35 times under various physicians from 1993 to 2003.

Fournier said he used propofol or other painkillers because Jackson sometimes received 50 to 100 injections at a time of Botox or cosmetic fillers. Fournier stated Jackson needed larger doses of medication because he had a high tolerance.

He told the jury that he had explained to Jackson the risks of the anesthesia, including organ damage, heart failure or death. Jackson, he said, would say, “Stop, you’ve done enough. I’ve got it.”

Fournier testified he questioned Jackson about use of medications to ensure there would be no adverse reaction with sedatives. Fournier says there came a time he believed Jackson was not telling the truth.

Under sedation in 2003, he said Jackson’s breathing suddenly dropped. Fournier said he had to stabilize Jackson three times. Jurors heard earlier that in that same year, Dr. Alimorad Farschian treated Jackson for Demerol addiction and had placed in Jackson a naltroxene implant, which blocks the euphoric effect of opioids.

Fournier said Jackson never disclosed that. He testified that suspicions deepened when he talked to Jackson once on the phone and Jackson’s speech was slurred. The final straw, he said, was when Jackson came to the surgery center and was not right. Fournier told the jury Jackson was “goofy, slow to respond.”

Jackson denied any drug-use and Fournier canceled the treatment. He testified that Jackson, his friend by then, never contacted him again.

The defense team for AEG says the episode indicates Jackson’s use of painkillers and propofol seven years before Jackson partnered with the concert promoter for the “This Is It” show.

Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit alleges that the company is liable because it failed to supervise Conrad Murray, the doctor whose use of propofol at Jackson’s home caused the star’s death. Under cross examination, the defense elicited that Jackson never asked Fournier for drugs or propofol and that the choice of sedation drugs was all Fournier’s.

Michael Jackson had ‘short life expectancy’, consultant testifies

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A top executive for a consulting firm on Friday said Michael Jackson had a “short life expectancy” and it’s doubtful his tour would have earned the kind of money claimed by the plaintiffs in the singer’s wrongful death lawsuit.

 Eric Briggs, a consultant who projects risks for entertainment media, testified that Jackson’s life expectancy was very short and that the use of meds affected his long-term health. He said Jackson was taking drugs in very dangerous ways.

About the plaintiffs’ projections of $1 billion from a 260-concert global tour, Briggs said with Jackson’s history of concert cancellations, it wasn’t likely he would complete 50 concerts.

Jackson attorney Brian Panish said Briggs is wrong.

“He’s never produced a concert, he’s never promoted a concert, he’s never done a royalty audit, he’s never worked for a record label,” said Panish.

Briggs will be back to testify on Monday. Also next week, the defense says jurors may hear from Jackson’s former wife, Debbie Rowe, Jackson’s sister Rebbie and his brother Randy.

In the lawsuit, the singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, alleges that AEG officials failed to monitor Conrad Murray, the doctor who caused her son’s death. The AEG defense says that Jackson put himself at risk.

Friday’s court session began with one of Jackson’s former doctors. Dr. Scott Saunders said in a video deposition that he treated the singer at his Neverland Ranch as many as 25 times between 1998 and 2003. He said the star wanted to end his Demerol dependency and worried about death.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to end up like my father-in-law&Elvis Presley,'” Saunders said.

He said Jackson did not talk to him about other doctors. Jurors heard testimony earlier that, in the same time period, Jackson was also seeing Dr. Alimorad Farschian for Demerol addiction. Farschian said he implanted Jackson with a chip that inhibits the high delivered by the drug. Saunders said Jackson didn’t tell him about that.

Saunders says he worried. What if he injected Jackson with Demerol unaware that Jackson just got a shot from someone else?

“If it was too much too close together, he could have a bad reaction,” said Saunders.

“He said, ‘I don’t want to end up like my father-in-law&Elvis Presley,'” Saunders said.

He said Jackson did not talk to him about other doctors. Jurors heard testimony earlier that, in the same time period, Jackson was also seeing Dr. Alimorad Farschian for Demerol addiction. Farschian said he implanted Jackson with a chip that inhibits the high delivered by the drug. Saunders said Jackson didn’t tell him about that.

Saunders says he worried. What if he injected Jackson with Demerol unaware that Jackson just got a shot from someone else?

“If it was too much too close together, he could have a bad reaction,” said Saunders.

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