MJ's ex-wife: doctors took advantage of sing
Updated: 2013-08-15 11:07
'AT THE END OF HIS ROPE'
Rowe said that she first time she saw Jackson use propofol was to sleep in Munich during his HIStory tour in 1997. Rowe said she observed him being administered the surgical anesthetic twice by doctors.
"Michael was at the end of his rope. He didn't know what to do," Rowe said, adding that the singer's hotel room looked like a surgical suite.
"He was more worried about not sleeping than dying because he couldn't perform (without sleep)," she said.
AEG Live has argued that Jackson, who was 50 at the time of his death, had prescription drug and addiction problems for years before entering into any agreement with the company.
It also has said that it did not hire or supervise Murray and could not have foreseen that the physician would have posed a danger to the singer.
Rowe, who has recently rekindled a relationship with daughter Paris, said that she first grew concerned about Jackson's prescription drug use in the early 1990s after he underwent surgery on his scalp.
"I don't remember if it (Jackson's drug use) was worse and worse, but it wasn't better and not lessening," she said.
Rowe testified that she took a prescription bottle of powerful narcotic hydromorphone from the singer's dresser at that time.
"You can't do narcotics forever. He (Jackson) knew that."
Members of the late singer's family including his mother, his eldest son and his nephews, T.J. and Taj Jackson, have already testified. Neither Paris nor Jackson's youngest child, Prince Michael Jackson II, known as Blanket, are expected to take the stand.
Video-taped depositions of Paris and Jackson's younger brother, Randy, have been entered as testimony in the trial, which started in April and is expected to finish in September.