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Michael Jackson

Lawsuit Accuses Doctor

of Fueling MJ's Addiction

8/4/2011 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dr. Arnold Klein
provided serious drugs to Michael Jackson, which left the singer so out of it ... he couldn't even stand up straight ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

In the lawsuit, filed by Klein's former assistant and confidant Jason Pfeiffer -- it is alleged "Throughout 2009, Michael was a frequent patient of Klein." The lawsuit continues, "Several times, Klein told Pfeiffer to help Michael down to the car because Michael was too drugged up and disoriented to stand on his own."

Pfeiffer says he voiced his concern for Michael's "safety" -- because he and Klein's nurses "were worried that Michael was being 'overmedicated' by Klein." Pfeiffer says Klein simply told him to "keep his mouth shut."

And there's more -- Pfeiffer claims Klein tried to sneak Michael prescription muscle relaxers in 2009 by writing a prescription in Pfeiffer's name.  Pfeiffer claims he refused to participate in the scheme.

Pfeiffer also claims in the suit ... sometime around October 2008, Klein was contacted by Michael Jackson, who told the doc he "needed 'to get out of a court appearance' and needed a doctor's note."

According to the suit, Klein told Michael he would take care of it and issued a note saying MJ was suffering from a Staph Infection ... based on a fabricated test.

Klein's treatment of MJ has been questioned in the past -- TMZ broke the story ... Klein injected Michael with 51 Demerol injections in the 3 months before Jackson died. Klein has always maintained that he treated Michael in accordance with the highest medical standards.

Pfeiffer claims he was wrongfully terminated by Klein -- and in the suit, filed Wednesday in Klein's ongoing bankruptcy case, Pfeiffer alleges that Klein forced him to help round up gay sex partners for Klein, including prostitutes and homeless people.

Pfeiffer also claims he would have to help "prepare" Klein for sexual encounters -- adding, "Klein required that Pfeiffer wash Klein's groin."

Pfeiffer -- who has stated in the past that he was Michael Jackson's gay lover -- says he suffers from severe emotional problems as a result of Klein's treatment -- and is suing for unspecified damages.

UPDATE: A lawyer for Klein tells TMZ, "Dr. Klein is one of the most esteemed and respected dermatologists in his profession in the country.  This counterclaim is totally unfounded, and frankly it's garbage.  The claims in Dr. Klein's lawsuit are very serious, and we're taking them all the way."


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STEVEN REYNOLDS    

DR KLEIN'S RELATIONSHIP W/ MICHAEL JACKSON HAS ALWAYS SEEMED VERY STRANGE I THINK DR KLEIN IS A BIG LIAR HE KNOW THAT HE PRESCRIBED MEDS TO MJ AND INJECTED HIM W/MEDS WHAT'S SAD IS THAT MICHAEL IS NO LONGER IS HERE TO TAKE A STAND OR HAVE A COMMENT ON THE LAWSUIT,DR KLEIN YOUR A PIG!!!!

1175 days ago
17.

Master Po    

Just like Casey Anthony MJ was not guilty.

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Sammie    

Pfiffer could have quit or filed sexual harrassment charges when he waas instructed to wash his bosses' private parts. What an idiot. And in the end, it was Michael wanting the drugs, the doc just gave them to him. He would have found another anyway. Nothing here, folks, move along.

1175 days ago
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NOYB    

First to the brainless wonders who call Michael gay and a pedophile--pat yourselves on the back, you are SO SMART! Not--please go learn how to read and write and learn what a "fact" is. Neither of your comments are fact.

Second, yes Michael received medications while at Klein's office to help keep him calm and deal with procedure pain because he freaked from needles and was having procedures done. Not only were needles involved but these were needles were being used on his face and scalp--Klein had to give him enough pre-medication that Michael would not jump up or cause a needle to be broken off in his face or scalp. This would be the same principle of going to a dental office and having heavy dental work done--it is understandable to be "loopy" from such and to experience pain. Jason's claims that Michael had to be walked out is BS--there are numerous witnesses and photos that show otherwise. He could walk out just fine.

If Klein was overmedicating that is his own doing, not Michael's. If Klein was giving the doses he claims he gave back in the TMZ video in July 2009 then those are normal doses for those medications.

So what if Klein wrote Michael a doctor's note to get out of a court appearance? Like no one has ever not wanted to go to work or school? Michael was getting sued all the time so it is no wonder he did not want to go. Michael hated all these frivolous lawsuits and the depositions that followed. A person can only deal with so much.

The "muscle relaxants" were none other than Zanaflex. These are NOT ADDICTIVE. Klein wrote Michael two of these prescriptions, in very small quantity, likely as adjunct therapy for some of the procedures Klein had done. Though it is wrong to write scripts in someone else's name it was NOT for the purpose of abuse.

TMZ--WRONG--the 51 injections were NOT Demerol injections--they were simply "injections". Michael supposedly had these "injections" 3 days before he died and the fact that Demerol did not show up in the toxicology means he almost certainly did NOT receive a Demerol injection. Even then, if someone is going to try and claim Michael was "addicted" to this they can drop it--51 injections over 3 MONTHS?! That is nothing when someone is having their face filled and essentially rebuilt with major surgery. That is NOT consistent with abuse or addiction. Michael was getting ready for a WORLD TOUR--he wanted to look good so he was having as much done as he could to achieve that.

For the rest of the claims--I cannot comment--but it seems Pfeiffer is a very vindictive person. He needs to MOVE ONE and leave Michael out of this--as Klein himself later said--Michael was NOT Pfeiffer's lover. Give it up Jason!

1175 days ago
21.

Cookie    

Klein - guilty as sin.

1175 days ago
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NOYB    

Hey FAN,
I love your logic. Serious addict? Then explain the autopsy to me--how a "serious addict" could die in almost perfect health.
Again, for you rest of you idiots, please provide some FACTS, F A C T S, for your claims or STFU.
Thanks.

1175 days ago
23.

Jackie    

Micheal Jackson will never rest in peace until these idiots get jailed.

1175 days ago
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No comment    

I think it is shameful that you post such terrible stories about Paris and Prince's father. Arnie has not been charged with anything. It is sad that their father and stepfather;s names are always been drug through the mud.

1175 days ago
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ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff    

always knew this jerk had a bigger part in Michael Jacksons addiction...its all coming out that Dr Murray was the fall guy in all of this...always said you had to go way back to the doctor that first gave him diprivan and I believe Klien fueled his drig addiction and when it got so bad he just backed off like he was not involved...next up Debbie Rowe....she worked for Klien!

1175 days ago
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Superman    

Frivolous lawsuit. Nobody forces you to do any of those things. If something illegal is going on, then contact the police. If the doctor asked you to do something unprofessional, then quit. This guy was no victim, but it sounds like he was a willing participant until he got terminated. Funny how these 'victims' give the impression that they're saints in their lawsuits when they clearly didn't do the right things when they were getting paid.

1175 days ago
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magmax    

So Pfiffer the fat-face-fairy-frog-***** is having trouble finding new work as a crotch washer. Here's a clue skidmark - you already had severe "emotional problems". That's why you took the job.

1175 days ago
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MyOpinionOnly    

Not really surprised that this is coming out now. Arnie always kind of gave me the creeps when Michael was alive and more so the way he immediately jumped on the profit bandwagon after Michael died. There is no way someone should be getting that many injections of ANYTHING in their face and it not be somehow overly done and unsafe. This is only the beginning I feel. And wasn't this Jason guy the one who claimed he was MJ's lover? Was this part of the twisted story they were trying to pass off? I dunno, but it all seems shady and gross to me.

1175 days ago
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Damian Miles Hollywood 101 Show     

Hey World Damian Miles Hollywood Show Here.... The Micheal Jackson Thing Will Never Really Be Settled But We Have An Unspoken Rule in Hollywood And That Is That We Never Speak Ill Of The Dead...They Are Not Here To Defend Themselves
...Micheal Jackson Has Children in Our World And All This Craziness Needs To Stop.... Wishing Micheal and His Family Peace....

1175 days ago
30.

aston    

Tired of those people, tired of their shady business. Pfeiffer said MJ had been kicked so he couldn't function, that was a lie. He then claimed they had an affair, and that he was MJ's soulmate. Right. Klein, who also told tmz he gave MJ demerol, but not how much, confirmed the alleged affair. Then Klein unconfirmed the affair. Pfeiffer was hurt and persisted, but now said the affair was really no big deal. Ahah. And now they are suing each other, if I get it right.

I don't care what Pfeiffer washed or didn't wash. I care if Klein doped MJ up, and if Pfeiffer took advantage of MJ while he was doped up. I also want to know if Klein and Murray and other doctors were in touch.

Based on what Klein has said I think he did whatever he found necessary to be able to stay in MJ's circle. He was smug that MJ saw him, but no longer Debbie Rowe. Like a kid at school, dancing around the popular guy in the class.

The whole thing is so sordid.

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