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Dr. Conrad Murray

Jailmates with Michael Jackson's

Ex Brother-in-Law

2/6/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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There are nearly 4,000 inmates at L.A. County Men's Jail, so imagine the coincidence that Dr. Conrad Murray is in a cell just feet away from Michael Jackson's former brother-in-law.

James DeBarge -- Janet Jackson's ex-husband -- is locked up after being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges. DeBarge -- who was the lead singer of the wildly popular band, DeBarge -- has been placed in Administrative Segregation -- the place where famous inmates with security issues are housed.

Murray has been calling the Ad Segregation unit home since his conviction on manslaughter charges last November.

We're told they occasionally run into each other, most recently last Monday when they were each meeting with their respective lawyers in the visiting room.

DeBarge's lawyer, Spencer Vodnoy, tells TMZ ... the singer is "really upset" he's so close to Murray. DeBarge says even though he was married to Janet for less than a year back in '84, he thought of Michael as a brother.

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UPYOURS    

Crybaby

887 days ago
17.

Ray    

I think of MJ as a but-brother to all the slept with him.My cousins uncle has a great aunt twice removed that make nothing part time on the internet.

887 days ago
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Kari    

So...he's in for assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges, and he doesn't like his accommodations? Too funny!

887 days ago
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Muppet    

Seems to me this James doesn't have any room to be putting anyone down since he's sitting in there with charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges! Birds of a feather...! He just wants attention and he's getting it now through TMZ.

887 days ago
20.

JaundicedEye    

James DeBarge feels like Michael Jackson was a brother? Prison Bitch, please.

887 days ago
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mebrat24    

he was married to Janet for less than a year back in '84, he thought of Michael as a brother.
what a stupid fu ck head.

887 days ago
23.

Kelly    

The "wildly popular band, DeBarge" - except not really!

887 days ago
24.

ADKIc3mAnX    

Murray should be there for life not no damn 4 years.

887 days ago
25.

Carl    

Why is this surprising? From what I understand Murray is locked up in the celebrity section of the jail for his own protection. I'd assume that since DeBarge is a celebrity to a degree himself (not just for marrying Janet, but because his band was very popular in the 80s) he would be in the celebrity ward too.

887 days ago
26.

Arcadia Rink    

James I'm sending prayers your way. #StayStrong

887 days ago
27.

Cooley    

EL DEBARGE WAS THE LEAD SINGER!!! NOT JAMES.

Who is writing these stories today.

887 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I'm disappointed you guys have let all of these hours pass without fixing the silly factual errors. By now you know full darn well that James was not the lead singer of Debarge. I know the Debarge boys look alike and are all drug addicts who probably suffer from post traumatic stress from the extreme abuse suffered at the hands of their crazy father, but let El have his credit. He was the lead, not James.

887 days ago
29.

Tracey67    

Come ON!!!! Ya'll can't GOOGLE people around there???? Get your facts RIGHT!!!!

887 days ago
30.

Frederic M. Douglas    

You're confusing drug addicted singers with the last name DeBarge. El was the lead singer. James is famous for being married to Janet Jackson for about twenty minutes.

887 days ago
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