As if looking at four years in state prison for his role in the King of Pop's death is not bad enough, Dr. Conrad Murray is also facing a lawsuit brought by a Newport Beach attorney on behalf of a Poway nuclear medicine imaging systems company.
The complaint against Murray, MSNBC and other media companies demands Digirad Imaging Solutions be paid more than $147,000 the physician owes before he is paid anything for his exclusive interview in the documentary Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship airing tonight.
Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Timothy Aires of the Aires Law Firm on Newport Center Drive, the suit also seeks court costs, attorney fees and interest of $40.48 compounding daily on the original $147,085.
MSNBC Cable LLC, NBCUniversal Media LLC, October Films LLC, October Films, What's It All About? Productions, Zodiak Media Group Ltd. and Zodiak Media Group PLC are being used as "mere subterfuges employed by defendant Conrad Robert Murray to escape liability for his debts and obligations, including the judgment," reads the Digirad complaint.
Meanwhile, the complaint continues, Murray gets to "enjoy and retain the benefits of ownership and possession of his equitable and beneficial interest in the assets held by those entities, including, without limitation, money paid or to be paid to defendants" for the documentary, his interview or rights and proceeds from it.
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In other words, Dr. Propofol gets his. Where is our's?
Murray is being held without bail before his scheduled Nov. 29 sentencing in an LA criminal courtroom that just had a jury convict him of involuntary manslaughter. While he could get four years in state prison at that hearing, legal experts suspect he'll serve less time than that due to prison overcrowding. The judge could also order him to pay restitution to Jackson's children and mother.
Meanwhile, the Houston-based physician is being sued for wrongful death by Joe Jackson, the entertainer's father, and has been embroiled in a legal fight with medical malpractice insurance company Medicus Insurance Co. of Austin since August 2010.
In an unusual move, a request to the medical board in Texas to immediately strip Murray of his license may come from his own attorneys so he will be eligible to re-apply for it in a year.