- The incident occurred in 1993 during the singers 'Dangerous' tour
- Jackson routinely took 10 milligram injections of morphine, non-addicts usually need only two milligrams
- Led to Elizabeth Taylor flying to Mexico City to help stage an intervention
Michael Jackson’s prolific drug use led to a needle almost breaking when a doctor once tried to stick a syringe in his buttocks.
Scarring and abscesses from decades of drug abuse thickened the skin in Jackson’s buttocks to the point it almost built a defense against needles, according to a deposition in Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death civil suit against concert promoter AEG.
The deposition dates back to February, with Dr. Stuart Finklestein telling all about the deceased pop star’s voracious appetite for drugs.
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Jackson’s trouble with needles began to rear its ugly head during his ‘Dangerous’ tour in 1993, when Finklestein oversaw medical care for the pop icon, according to TMZ.
‘I attempted to give [Michael] a shot of Demerol [a painkiller] but his buttocks were so scarred up and abscessed that the needle almost bent,’ Finklestein testified.
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Finklestein testified during the Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, which she claims is liable for allowing her son’s raging drug addictions to ultimately kill him. The jury only saw the testimony this week, TMZ reported.
‘Significant, extensive’ drug injections for a prolonged period of time are what lead to the deformation of the singer’s buttocks, Finklestein added.
Without prompting, Finklestein added ‘I thought he had an opiate problem’ before saying that Jackson routinely consumed 10 milligram doses of morphine before explaining that the average starting dose is about two milligrams.
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‘We thought he needed an intervention, he needed to be detoxed,’ Finklestein added, noting that Elizabeth Taylor flew to Mexico City that soley for the purpose of helping the ailing Jackson come clean.
Oddly enough, the doctor testified Jackson was not only coherent and talkative, but that the two grown men watched the ‘Three Stooges’ and had squirt gun fights as well.
Jackson died June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA while rehearsing for the 'This Is It' comeback tour.