Video: Michael Jackson Wasn't an Addict, Says Jermaine

By Luke Walker 11/09/11

Jermaine Jackson goes on Ellen to deny that his brother was hooked on drugs.

“Michael wasn’t an addict,” says his brother and former fellow Jackson Five member Jermaine Jackson. On the talk show Ellen this morning he claimed, "Michael just needed some rest," hence the use of the powerful anesthetic propofol, which led to his death aged 50 in June 2009. While Jermaine does tell host Ellen DeGeneres that his brother was once hooked on Demerol back in the early 2000s, he claims that he'd since got clean. He also decries what he considers the light punishment on offer for Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the lethal propofol and was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Monday—it could range from four years' jail to mere probation, which Jermaine describes as like what you might get for petty larceny.

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