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Debbie Rowe To Testify

MJ Abused Propofol

12 Years Before Death

8/14/2013 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson was not only addicted to powerful drugs 12 years before he died ... at least twice in the late 90s doctors misused a drug similar to Propofol so MJ could sleep through the night ... and we've learned that's exactly what MJ's former wife Debbie Rowe will tell the jury today.

Sources familiar with Debbie Rowe's testimony tell TMZ ... Rowe -- who will be called to the stand by AEG Live -- views herself as a hostile witness, because she feels AEG is largely responsible for MJ's death.

We've learned Rowe will testify ... in 1997 doctors administered Diprivan (a form of Propofol) to Michael in a Munich, Germany hotel room.  We're told Rowe will say the drug was administered specifically so Michael could sleep.  There was a full medical staff present and MJ slept under the influence of the drug for 8 hours.  This occurred on 2 days, either consecutive or 1 day apart.

The testimony is significant because AEG is trying to show MJ was the master of his own fate and had misused Propofol for years.

But we've learned Rowe will also say while she was married to MJ she never saw him as a raging drug addict.  She will testify he was addicted to Demerol ... which he used to deal with the pain and anxiety from scalp surgeries after being horribly burned.  She says when she left Michael in July, 1997, he was not an out-of-control addict.  In fact, he had gone to rehab and was open about it.

As TMZ first reported, Rowe injected Michael in the buttocks with Demerol and Vistaril several times while she worked for Dr. Arnold Klein -- MJ's closest doctor and confidante.  Rowe had no idea in the last months of MJ's life Klein injected the singer with Demerol scores of times.

We've learned if asked ... Rowe will say she was horrified when she saw a TMZ video of Michael looking totally out of it as he left Dr. Klein's office days before he died.  The day MJ passed, Rowe will testify she called Klein and said, "You killed him.  What did you give him?" 

We're told Rowe wants to tell the jury ... when the "This Is It" tour was announced and she heard the breakneck concert schedule, she told her shrink, "They're [AEG] gonna kill him."



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Diprivan is not a FORM of propofol. It is a name brand. Propofol is the generic name of the drug. ie, Acetaminophen is generic, Tylenol is brand. Ibuprofen is generic, Advil and Motrin are name brands. Zolpidem Tartrate, generic. Ambien, is name brand.

373 days ago


He admitted he didn't eat. He didn't eat because Propofol caused vomiting and vomiting on stage would mean concert cancellations and media ridicule.
He couldn't pay the bills. He apologized to the bodyguard for not paying him then he refused to answer his numerous requests for his salary. He met the bodyguard at the Jackson family party in May 2009 and still didn't say why he didn't pay the bodyguard. He had no trouble paying Katherine $10 million a year while Janet at the same time sent $20000/month to Katherine. He couldn't keep up with the Hayvenhurst mortgage payments and was desperate to earn quick millions & "perform more shows than Prince", and he knew no one would kick him off the tour because the Jacksons & the media would chase AEG down

373 days ago

Master Po    

So wait are you suggesting the moronic fans are wrong yet again????

I thought the morons claim MJ was not a drug addict and this is all Dr Murrays fault??? Looks like you can this to the long list of things you got wrong. Such as touching little boys.

373 days ago


What kind of mother would leave her child in a strange situation?

373 days ago


This woman is an opportunist of the worst kind. She's not a friend of the Jackson's, and if it weren't for the money, she wouldn't be seeking the children either.

373 days ago

Fred Farkel    

"Your honor? The defense rests."

373 days ago


Are we supposed to be shocked by this story?

373 days ago

mrs t    

oh myy...takei would like her shirt...

373 days ago


I just don't understand this entire case...If a drug addict got a job at Walmart, you can't sue Walmart if the guy over doses...instead they should be thanked for giving the problematic person employment. Maybe AEG did know MJ had a drug problem but he'd had it for decades and was a "functional addict". MJ I'm sure did everything he could do to convice AEG to take a risk on him because he was in dire financial straits.

373 days ago


Jackson's kids were surprised.
Paris chased his dead body upstairs on June 25, 2009. She cried that she wanted to meet the best father in heaven.
Prince testified that he witnessed his daddy injecting "vitamins" and heard from an employee that MJ performed yoga in his locked bedroom...
Maybe if Wade Robson performed yoga on MJ, MJ would've been too tired to suffer insomnia.,,

373 days ago


MJ's family helped kill him

373 days ago

Clint Beastwood    

His death was unfortunate, but in now way was this AEG's fault. As far as Debbie Rowe goes, she was in it for the money in the beginning and now has an opportunity to get more, so no shock to see her back in the mix.

373 days ago


Everyone was supposed to hide Jackson's problems.
Even Ortega said wonderful things about how MJ loved children at orphanages, but after Katherine ruined Ortega's reputation and everyone had to defend themself against the greedy "matron Katherine", it would look ridiculous to pretend that MJ & his family were wonderful & intelligent famous people.
You can sugarcoat the Jacksons lies but child abuse were neglecting the kids, tricking them to pay Murray with cash in hand, & forcing them to give depositions (because Katherine testified "I don't want to hear bad news about MJ").

373 days ago


AEG was never to blame for anything. Jackson was so broke and in desperate need of money he approached them. He lied through his teeth. When all his demands were met including Dr. Murray went back to staying wasted.

Jackson was by no means a saint. He killed himself end of story.

373 days ago

get real    

MJ was an ADDICT. 12 years before he did Prop. in germany. His Family Did try to Intervene. MJ cut them OFF. MJ Hired his Own Help to Give him what he wanted for years. Is it AEGs fault? No! MJ Did what MJ wanted to do. AEG.. His Mother or even Bubbles the Chimp couldnt stop him. He had enough Money to Buy Whom ever, Or What ever drug of choice he thought he Needed or wanted. And.. Thats what he did. Case Closed!

373 days ago
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