Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of Michael Jackson's involuntary manslaughter, has described the late King of Pop's children as brainwashed.
Murray, 63, was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson after the singer's death in 2009, caused by an overdose of powerful anaesthetic propofol at his Los Angeles home. In July 2016, the former physician released his memoir recounting his time spent working as Jackson's private doctor. At the time of the book's release, Paris Jackson, 18, tweeted: "The fact that people are actually listening to and believing a cold blooded murderer is honestly beyond me."
Now in response, Murray has told the New York Post's Page Six that Paris and her brothers Prince Michael, 19, and Blanket, 14, have been influenced by others to have a negative opinion of him. Murray said: "[Paris] is a child. She's a young adult. She's been tainted. They've trained her to be dishonest. I'm not responsible for that. You can be 18, but if you're tainted with the wrong thoughts, sometimes it depends on how strong one's mind is."
He continued: "She may be a different person when she passes 25 and she really is mature and her frontal lobes and faculties are truly developed with her own judgement, and she clearly may have a different impression."
In his tome This Is It, Murray details his friendship with the Thriller legend and even described himself as a "father figure" for the singer. Murray writes: "I am 6' 5" and in me Michael Jackson found a protective father figure (though I was not old enough to be his dad) with whom he felt utterly safe.
"[Michael said] 'I know doctor Conrad, I really love and trust you, you're my family, you Prince, Paris, Blanket and I that is my family, that's how I see it, that's what I want for the rest of my life, that is how it will be'. He speaks to me, not guarded; he's relaxed as when on stage performing to thousands of fans."
In the book, Murray insists he did not write the tell-all for the money, claiming Jackson "wanted me to tell this story – now I am fulfilling his wish".
After his conviction, Murray spent two years in jail before being released in 2013.