The doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson's death has landed a new job in the medical business. Conrad Murray spent nearly two years in jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the death of his most famous patient in 2009. His medical licence was revoked in Texas and suspended in both California and Nevada.
However, he has now found a new position following his release from prison last year (13). Murray has been hired as a volunteer consultant by the Trinidad Ministry of Health, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports Murray will be advising heart surgeons and offering up his services for free.
Michael Jackson's former pianist has reportedly threatened to take legal action against the doctor convicted of causing the King of Pop's death. The Thriller hitmaker died of a drug overdose just weeks before he was due to kick off a series of lucrative comeback concerts in London in 2009.
Now the musician who was due to play piano at the singer's This Is It shows has fired off a legal letter to Conrad Murray, who served almost two years behind bars on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from Jackson's death.
Pianist Morris Pleasure claims Murray's actions robbed him of his lucrative job as part of Jackson's band, and editors at TMZ.com report he is now set to pursue a lawsuit against Murray after the medic failed to respond to his initial legal letter.
Pleasure has previously performed with stars including Christina Aguilera and Michael Jackson's superstar sister Janet.
Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray has been denied the chance to pursue an appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction. The medic was found guilty of causing the pop star's 2009 death and served almost two years behind bars. Following his release from jail in October (13), he attempted to clear his name by appealing his conviction.
However, officials at a District Court of Appeal in California rejected his claim last month (Jan14), and now they have made it clear he will not be able to pursue the case any further by rejecting his request to take his appeal to the state's Supreme Court.
In the ruling, obtained by Billboard.com, officials concluded, "Appellant's petition for rehearing is denied."
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 following Jackson's death from a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol.
Five European Michael Jackson fans have been awarded one euro ($1.37/£0.86) each for the "emotional damage" they suffered after the King of Pop's death in 2009. In total, 34 fans sued Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the singer, but only five members of the French-based Michael Jackson Community fan club were able to actually prove emotional suffering in an Orleans court.
The damages were symbolic and the claimants will not be seeking to claim their one euros from Murray, who was released from jail last year (13).
However, the five fans are hoping the ruling will help them gain access to Michael Jackson's grave in Los Angeles, which is closed to the public.
Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter skipped his sister's wedding in California on Saturday (08Feb14) to celebrate his own impending nuptials with his fiancee in Las Vegas. The pop star was noticeably absent as his family, including younger brother Aaron, joined model Angel Carter at her wedding to Corey Conrad at the Newhall Mansion in Piru, reports UsMagazine.com.
Instead, Nick headed to Sin City with his fitness expert partner, Lauren Kitt, to throw a huge joint bash at the Ghostbar venue.
The couple combined its bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the singer documented the night in a series of pictures posted on his Twitter.com page.
Carter proposed to Kitt last February (13).
George Clooney's new film about the real-life art experts who retrieved paintings and sculptures from the Nazis during World War Two has been given a boost thanks to the discovery of a lost treasure. Johann Conrad Seekatz's painting Saint Philip Baptising a Servant of Queen Kandaki was taken from the National Museum in Warsaw, Poland during the German invasion, and was considered lost, perhaps destroyed, for almost 70 years.
It was spotted in an art gallery in London last year (13), and following an investigation, the painting has been handed back to Polish officials.
The news of the handover comes as Clooney's new film The Monuments Men hits cinemas in America.
In the movie, the actor/director plays the leader of a small band of professors and art lovers who tracked down valuable paintings and other pieces claimed by Adolf Hitler's army as it marched through Europe in the 1940s.
The elevator recap seemed to work so well last time, I thought I'd bring it back again.
Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) started the episode off by asking Peter Burke (Tim DeKay, who also did directorial duty), who was getting ready to move to Washington, to recommend that he be allowed to be set free. Burke was hesitant and said he'd let him know later. Meanwhile, during the task of tagging and bagging all the evidence from the Rebecca Lowe/Rachel Turner (Bridget Regan) case, one of Lowe/Turner's burner phones rang: it was a person looking for her to do a job who had heard of her secondhand. The FBI couldn't allow that, so they needed someone to go undercover as Lowe. But who? Re-enter Agent Diana Berrigan (Marsha Thomason), who had given birth before but was ready to return to duty.
Berrigan called the burner phone and the person on the other end wanted a pre-arranged signal at the meet. They didn't know what the signal was, so they had to have Lowe/Turner come to the office. She asked to talk to Cafffrey before telling the signal, which was granted. Berrigan met with the person, a man named Conrad Worth (Steven Pasquale) and flashed the right signal. Worth wanted more confirmation, so Lowe/Turner got Caffrey to play a game of To Tell The Truth before giving Berrigan the information and story she needed to corraborate her bona fides with Worth. Lowe/Turner then said she felt that Caffrey still loved her, despite her, you know... killing two people. Caffrey basically told her to lose his number. The spurned criminal could only stare angrily. Hey, of course Caffrey forgot that whole saying about hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, etc.
Worth, satisfied, said Berrigan needed to steal a thumb drive from a former employer of his. It had an important algorithm. She was to steal it from the office. The FBI warned the man that his office was under a security threat ... and he absconded with the thumb drive and hid it at home, in a safe. Now Caffrey and Berrigan had to try to get it from the house. Burke wanted to get it via legal channels. Berrigan was going to go with Caffrey but got called home because Mozzie (Willie Garson) had gone to her house and driven her nanny away. Don't forget, Mozzie had helped Berrigan give birth to Theo. Of course, Mozzie and Theo started bonding there.
Caffrey got the thumb drive after a harrowing incident with the bosses' mistress coming over while he was out with his wife. Apparently the mistress knew Caffrey and she got him out of the place without his being noticed. Though Burke was unhappy with how it had been procured, the FBI got a look at the algorithm and it was a doozy - if activated it would crash the stock market while making Worth richer than dirt. They cloned a thumb drive, but it would only access a stockmarket simulator. Berrigan took it over and Worth seemed to buy it, but then he got a text saying that Lowe/Turner was in prison. Berrigan had to do some fast talking at gunpoint long enough to get Worth to look away. She got the gun and Agent Clinton Jones (Sharif Atkins) and Burke came bursting in. It turned out Lowe had sent the text herself ... in prison.
Everything seemed to wrap up neatly. Mozzie figured out the secret behind the codex by looking at Theo's mobile and rushed home to tell Caffrey as soon as Berrigan returned. Burke and Caffrey were talking at the office and Burke said he still couldn't trust Caffrey to go straight. Caffrey said he'd have to do it himself. Just then, all the phones in the office started ringing. Burke's phone rang. Lowe/Turner had escaped. Of course, the episode ended with Mozzie going to Caffrey's house and leaving a message on his voice mail about what he had figured out about the location of the diamond. Over his shoulder, Lowe/Turner was on the terrace looking in. Dun Dun Dun.
Hey, wasn't it lucky that the elevator stopped so often again?
-The previews showed Mozzie collapsing. I will be highly unhappy if Mozzie dies. Garson's probably my favorite actor on the show.
-Regan is playing Lowe/Turner like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction now. Add the fact that she had a completely different hairstyle in the next episode and held a gun to Caffrey's head, the man is probably going to go hide in a cave for 100 years after all this is over.
-It was nice seeing the banter between Caffrey and Berrigan again.
-Next week's episode is the season finale. Again, I hope Mozzie doesn't die. That would stink.
Caffrey's Relationship Status
Still non-existent, though he's lucky he doesn't have a pet rabbit. Well, Mozzie's kind of rabbit-like sometimes. Sigh. I hope Mozzie makes it.
Mozzie's Quirkiness Level
Medium. He posed as a gas line inspector to get into Berrigan's home and was reading Moon Landing Conspiracy novels to baby Theo while watching him for the day.
Actor Miles Teller has been tapped to portray Dan Aykroyd opposite Emile Hirsch's John Belushi in a planned biopic about the tragic comedian. Hirsh was cast in the role in October (13), and now it appears film producers have found their Aykroyd in Teller.
The Into the Wild star broke the news to guests at a party at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Saturday (18Jan14), telling the crowd, "A shout-out to Miles Teller! We're going to be working together soon. He's playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.
However, the 26 year old, who was promoting his new movie Whiplash at the festival and was in attendance at the bash, has yet to officially sign on, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Belushi's widow Judy and his Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live sidekick Akroyd will serve as producers on the project, which will be directed by Steve Conrad.
The Animal House star died in 1982, aged 33.
Michael Jackson's disgraced physician Conrad Murray has lost his manslaughter appeal. The doctor, who was convicted of administering the dose of anaesthetic Propofol which killed the King of Pop in 2009, was fighting to clear his name and win back his lost medical licence - but California appeals court officials formally shut him down on Wednesday (15Jan14).
Murray maintained that Jackson killed himself by injecting the fatal dose of Propofol, but the lawmakers ruled the evidence still indicates that he was responsible for the pop star's death, according to TMZ.com.
The doctor served almost two years behind bars after he was found guilty of manslaughter. He was released in October (13).
Michael Jackson's estate executors have settled a $17.5 million (£10.9 million) lawsuit filed against bosses at top insurance company Lloyd's of London after they refused to pay out following the King of Pop's death. The pop superstar's representatives took out the big-money policy on the singer's ill-fated This Is It concerts two months before his passing in June, 2009, and made a claim for compensation when the shows were scrapped after his death.
Lloyd's of London chiefs originally issued the policy to cover potential losses for the London residency, but in 2011, company bosses asked a judge in Los Angeles to declare the documents null and void, claiming Jackson lied about his medical history and drug addiction.
They insist the policy was restricted to "losses resulting from accident only", stating the Thriller hitmaker's official cause of death was listed as homicide.
The case was due to go to trial next month (Feb14), but the two parties have avoided a legal showdown by reaching an out-of-court agreement.
The news was announced by both parties on Wednesday (15Jan14), but details have been kept under wraps.
Jackson died from a Propofol overdose in 2009. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the fatal dose of the anaesthetic, and spent two years behind bars. He was released in October (13).
News of the insurance settlement emerges two days after a Los Angeles judge rejected Katherine Jackson's latest bid for a new trial in her high-profile negligence case against This Is It promoters at AEG Live.