Jackson's Doctor Denies He's Subject of Death Probe

Arnold Klein, Michael Jackson's dermatologist, says he is cooperating with cops.

July 14, 2009, 5:28 PM

JULY 16, 2009— -- Dr. Arnold Klein, Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist, is "not the subject of the Michael Jackson death investigation" and he is willingly cooperating with authorities, his spokesman said in a statement.

Law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News that a small group of doctors who treated Jackson before his death are being questioned as to their involvement with Jackson's alleged drug use. Klein, and Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with Jackson at the time of his death, are both assumed to be on that shortlist.

"Dr. Klein should not be cast with the lot of other physicians who may or may not have had anything to with any investigation into the death of Mr. Jackson," read the statement.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Klein turned medical records over to the Los Angeles County Coroner, following their "informal request" and not because he was "served with an additional subpoena" [Tuesday], according to the statement.

That assessment contradicts comments made by Chief Coroner Investigator Ed Harvey, who told ABC News on Tuesday that Klein had been subpoenaed and that under California law the coroner has a right to issue demands for records to determine the manner and cause of death in cases under their jurisdiction.

On Tuesday, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter was seen leaving Klein's office and confirmed to reporters that the doctor was among several physicians who authorities were questioning. He would not name the other doctors.

"We are not investigating the doctors -- we are investigating the death of Michael Jackson and we are contacting all of his doctors," he told reporters outside Klein's office.

Klein spokesman Jerry Digney denied reports that Klein had not willingly turned over records or cooperated with police.

"As with earlier submission of Michael Jackson records, Dr. Klein immediately produced the requested information. The reports in the media claiming that Dr. Klein is allegedly not cooperating in the investigation surrounding Michael Jackson's death are untrue," Digney said in the statement.

Jackson was a patient of Klein for two decades and the doctor's name has reportedly surfaced on a shortlist of five personal physicians authorities have sought to question.

Jackson and Klein's relationship extended outside the walls of the exam room. The two men were friends and it was in Klein's office that Jackson met Debbie Rowe, the nurse with whom the singer had two children in the late 1990s.

Klein has been rumored to have donated the sperm with which Rowe became pregnant, an accusation the doctor has denied -- with reservations.

On July 8, he told "Good Morning America" that he was not the father of Jackson's two oldest children, Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, as he far as he knew.

"To the best of my knowledge, I am not the father of these children," he told GMA.

Klein has also denied that he prescribed Jackson any of the powerful sedatives; authorities confirmed were in his home at the time of the singer's death.

On GMA Klein denied supplying Jackson with OxyContin and Demerol, drugs the singer was said to be addicted to.

He accused doctors who prescribed addictive drugs for the pop icon of being "criminals."

"I say that anyone who makes someone an addict or gives a person potentially dangerous substances directly to them to use, like propofol is a criminal," Klein told "GMA," in reference to a powerful anesthetic Jackson is believed to have taken prior to his death.

"It becomes nothing more than manslaughter or something worse than that," he said.

Propofol, known by the trade name Diprivan, was among the drugs removed from Jackson's rented mansion, according to ABC News sources.

Meanwhile, federal drug-enforcement authorities contacted the makers of Diprivan as part of their investigation into Jackson's death, according to the Associated Press.

"He was not in terrible pain when I saw him. He danced in the office, and he danced for my patients," Klein said. "He was very muscular, and he was very, very happy and dancing.""I saw nothing at that point that would make me worry whatsoever," he continued. "But I was always concerned about him because I was always worried about other doctors."

Klein was not the doctor in Jackson's Los Angeles rental home, when he died on June 25. That physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is also being questioned by the authorities.

The coroner has yet to supply an official cause of death for Jackson, pending the results of a toxicology screening.

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