September 22nd, 2011
06:35 PM ET
From one celebrity doctor to another, Anna Nicole Smith's former physician is coming to the defense of Conrad Murray.
Murray, who was treating Michael Jackson and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, faces up to four years in prison if found guilty. Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who was acquitted on charges of illegally providing drugs to the late Smith, says he feels sympathy for Murray.
“I think I do just based on the fact that there isn't a whole lot of medicine that is being talked about here. And it's very unclear about the history of how much he knew about his medical history, and how much he was told about his medical history," Kapoor tells "Showbiz Tonight" in an exclusive interview. "So I think that not knowing a lot of that could, potentially, have put him in a really bad situation. A bad situation where he did the best he could, and, obviously, it did not have a good outcome.”
There's been discussion about allowing the jury to look at a tape of Michael Jackson announcing his "This Is It" tour, with Murray's lawyers claiming it would allow the jurors to see MJ's "mental and physical condition back in March of 2009," three months before his death. But that's a move Kapoor thinks would be a bad idea.
“Having the jury look at a tape of Michael Jackson in an interview or prior to his concert tour, and trying to assess his health is somewhat risky," he says. "Having 12 people who are not physicians sort of say, ‘Well, geez, he looked healthy to me.’ Or, ‘He didn't look healthy,’ or ‘He was frail or weak.’ I think that's wrong.”
Overall, Kapoor says he believes that Murray "had every intention...that Michael Jackson should be healthy and live and he wanted to get him to London to perform his performances." He tells "SBT," "I don't think he's a monster. I mean he's a physician. He's a cardiologist. He meant well. And he has a patient base that's he's done a lot of great things for. I don't think he's a monster by any means.”
For "Showbiz Tonight's" full exclusive interview with Kapoor, tune in to HLN today at 11 p.m. ET.
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