Pop star Michael Jackson waves to supporters as he leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse after he was found not guilty in Santa Maria, California in this June 13, 2005 file photo. Jackson died from a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol given in a cocktail of drugs, leading authorities to suspect his doctor of manslaughter, court documents showed on August 24, 2009.
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who is at the center of the singer's death investigation, claimed he never got paid when he served as Jackson's personal physician, according to media reports Wednesday.
Murray was hand-selected by Jackson to serve as his doctor and to accompany the singer to London for a series of scheduled concerts.
The doctor and the concert promoter AEG were in talks over his salary, however, they failed to complete the negotiations before Jackson's death on June 25, said a spokesman for the company.
Dr. Conrad Murray, personal physician for Michael Jackson, is shown in this undated publicity photograph released to Reuters August 18, 2009. The coroner investigation into Jackson's death found he had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his body, and Murray told detectives he gave Jackson the drug to treat insomnia, the Los Angeles Times reported on August 24, 2009.
"Michael Jackson requested Murray be put on as part of the show. Murray, however, had yet to be hired. Discussions were along the way for a completed contract. Murray had signed the contract, however, neither Michael Jackson nor AEG had signed the contract," said the AEG spokesman.
Murray administered the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson which authorities believe killed the singer.