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Jacko bodyguard dismissed by Jackson family

By | Published on Wednesday 31 March 2010

The bodyguard who alleged that Dr Conrad Murray rushed to hide drugs at Michael Jackson’s home as the late king of pop was dying has been dismissed by the Jackson family.

Alberto Alvarez, who had the title Logistics Director, was at Michael Jackson’s home on the morning the singer died, and made the 911 call. He told police that Murray wasted time removing drug vials from Jacko’s bedroom as the popstar lay dying; a claim that implies the doctor knew he had been negligent to administer the singer with a shot of the dangerous drug propofol, the drug which ultimately killed him, and was keen to remove evidence of his negligence before paramedics arrived.

Alvarez’s claims were revealed earlier this month when the Associated Press saw a copy of his police statement. But Murray’s lawyer threw doubt on Alvarez’s claims, noting that the security man had changed his testimony between his first statement to the police and his second. Legal man Ed Chernoff told reporters: “He didn’t say any of those things [in his original statement], then two months later, all of a sudden, the doc is throwing bottles into the bag. Alvarez’s statement is inconsistent with his previous statement. We will deal with that at trial”.

According to TMZ, Alvarez continued to work for the Jackson family after Michael’s death, but has now been dismissed. It is not known why he has been let go by the Jackson clan, nor whether his departure is anything to do with the leaked police statement made public by the AP last week.



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