File this one under OMGWTFBBQ (yes, I've got a whole celebrity news folder with this title, I put all my Amanda Bynes stories there): there's an audio tape of the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death calling Paris Jackson to console her after her suicide attempt. As in Conrad Murray, the man accused of gross medical negligence, including but not limited to giving Jackson Propofol for insomnia and not following protocol when Jackson went into respiratory arrest on June 25, 2009.
TMZ has audio of the call, and it's a doozy. Murray must have been calling from a jail pay phone, and he had quite a bit to say to the daughter of the man whose death he played a key role in causing.
The latest news on 15-year-old Paris's suicide attempt is that she called a suicide helpline before slitting her right wrist with a meat cleaver and taking a large amount of Motrin. It sounds like a classic cry for help from a girl whose emotional pain has become overwhelming, and people are saying her depression is directly linked to her father's untimely passing.
Her grandmother Katherine issued a statement about Paris's hospitalization, saying,
Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you.
I have no idea what kind of relationship Paris Jackson has with Conrad Murray, but the plain fact that he was convicted in November 2011 of the involuntary manslaughter of her father makes it seem mind-blowingly crazy that Murray actually called her to offer his affection and counseling services.
That's exactly what he did, though, and he went on for quite a while, even including some lyrics "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You've Got a Friend." He also said,
I don't know if there's anything I can do to solve your pain or solve your problem, but I wanted you to know that I am here for you. I've never been gone. (…) I too love you as a precious father loves his own child.
Here's the entire audio of the call:
Wow. I mean, here's the guy who by MANY accounts helped engineer the primary source of her mental trauma, and he's calling her to say "Cheer up, buttercup"? "PS: I'm basically your new dad now"? GAH.
Like I said, I really don't know if this is only weird to outsiders and makes perfect sense to her. Maybe Paris believes Murray is innocent and actually finds this comforting, who knows. But from where I stand, it's pretty goddamned creepy. I have no idea how Murray would "solve her problems" if he could, but I'm guessing it might involve an ill-advised prescription or two. Heavy, repeated doses of dangerous medication makes the pain go away, right?
What do YOU think of this call?
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