Dr Conrad Murray has revealed that he would not have left Michael Jackson alone in his room with a stock of anaesthetic propofol if the King of Pop had told him about his past addiction.
The doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a Los Angeles court on after a jury found him guilty of administering the drug that killed Jackson in 2009, Contactmusic reported.
But, in a new interview taped last week, the physician maintains his famous patient gave himself the anaesthetic while he stepped out of the singer's bedroom to make a series of phone calls - because he could not get enough propofol to help him sleep.
When asked if he thought he was "right" to leave Jackson in a situation where he had the opportunity to inject himself with the anaesthetic, Murray said, "That was not a foreseeable situation... Had I known what I know today in retrospect that Mr. Jackson was an addict... Addicts may behave in a way that is unreasonable."
In the interview that will air as part of US news show Today on Thursday and Friday, Dr Murray insisted he is not to blame for Jackson's death, stating, "Nothing that I gave Michael should have ended his life."
Murray is currently in custody awaiting sentencing on 29 November, but he plans to appeal his conviction.