Specialist Says Michael Jackson Was A Drug Addict

An addiction specialist has claimed that Michael Jackson was a full-blown drug addict in the final years of his life. Dr. Petros Levounis took the witness stand in the ongoing civil trial against concert promoter AEG Live, claiming that the King of Pop was extremely secretive and hid his addiction from AEG.

"Michael Jackson's addiction was quite extensive and I have very little doubt that his pleasure-reward pathways had been hijacked and he suffered from addiction," Levounis told the court.

He added, however, that Dr. Conrad Murray had developed an inappropriate relationship with Jackson.

"A very close friendship between an addicted patient and a doctor is problematic," he said. "It makes it much easier for a patient to ask for drugs and it makes it more difficult for a provider to resist."

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