Conrad Murray Joins Long Line of Celebrity Enablers

Conrad MurrayAs news broke Monday that Conrad Murray had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the role he played in the death of Michael Jackson, to whom, a jury concluded, he had given the drug that killed him, the thought occurred to me that Murray, very sadly, wasn't really one of a kind.

He was merely the latest in a long line of infamous celebrity enablers, lining their own pockets and raising their own profiles by preying on the weaknesses and insecurities of the rich and famous.

Here are a few other notorious examples:

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Anna Nicole Smith's doctors and her partner and attorney, Howard K. Stern: Stern and doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich were charged in 2009 with conspiring to provide drug-addicted pin-up Smith with thousands of prescription pills, which eventually led to her 2007 death. Kapoor was acquitted of the charges in 2010; Stern and Eroshevich were convicted, though all charges but one against Eroshovich were eventually dropped.

Heidi Montag's plastic surgeon: In 2009, Dr. Frank Ryan, a plastic surgeon, put perfectly attractive Montag, then 23, under the knife for a marathon 10-hour surgery. The Hills star had procedures including a brow lift, chin reduction, neck lipo, nose-job redo, and breast and buttock augmentation. (It wasn't even the first time he'd given Montag a few nips and tucks!) Then, weirdly, less than a year after performing Montag's controversial extendo-surgery, Ryan was killed when his car careened off the Pacific Coast Highway in a texting-while-driving accident.

Charlie Sheen's coterie: Sheen's struggles with addiction have been well documented, but friends who have tried to help him have reportedly been rebuffed by his coterie of enablers. "I went to a person close to him and said, ‘This guy is in serious trouble with serious drugs. We’ve got to help him,’” Sheen's fellow actor, friend, and former neighbor Tom Arnold told The New York Times in March. “And this person flat-out told me to my face, ‘We make a lot of money from him. I can’t be part of it.’ That tells you everything you need to know.”

Lindsay Lohan's mom: You'd think that the mother of a star in trouble (legal, alcohol, etc.) would be just the person to help. But Lohan's mom, Dina Lohan, can often be seen out at clubs partying hard alongside her daughter. And when Lohan makes questionable decisions -- like posing for Playboy -- Dina always seems to be right there cheering her on.

Can you think of other examples of celebrity enablers?

 

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