Michael Jackson Got Botox Injections in Armpits and Groin

Manslaughter trial tells as much about Michael Jackson's life as his death.

ByColleen Curry, Jim Avila and Christina Ng
October 26, 2011, 5:21 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2011— -- Michael Jackson got regular injections of Botox and Restylane, drugs meant to smooth wrinkles and to curb his "excessive perspiration," according to testimony today in his doctor's manslaughter trial.

The four-week-long trial of Dr. Conrad Murray has shed as much light on Jackson's odd and often secretive life as it did on his death.

The newest revelation came today when a review of all the different drugs that were injected into Jackson included Botox and Restylane.

The Botox, injected into his armpits and groin, was intended to control the singer's "excessive perspiration," according to medical documents introduced in court today. The injections were carried out by Jackson's Beverly Hills dermatologist, Arnold Klein.

Klein also injected the king of pop with Restylane, an "injectable filler for wrinkles," said Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist who testified for the defense.

The injections were introduced to determine whether they were painful and would have contributed to Jackson's need for pain killers. Waldman said, however, that the injections did not involve significant pain.

After Waldman, the defense's final witness, Dr. Paul White, an anesthesiologist whose studies popularized the use of propofol in the operating room, took the stand. White likely will complete his testimony on Friday.

Early into his testimony, White denounced the prosecution's premise that Murray administered a fatal dose of propofol to Jackson on the morning of his death.

"I read all these documents and was perplexed that the determination had been made that Dr. Murray was infusing propofol, because in my examination of the documents and evidence, it wasn't obvious to me to me," White said.

White said he would not have expected Jackson to die from the drugs Murray admitted giving him.

White conceded that, either way, Murray should not have left the room with Jackson under the influence of propofol.

The defense hopes White, their star witness, will be able to at least put reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors as to whether Murray is responsible for Jackson's death.

Details Emerge About Michael Jackson's Life

In the last days of the trial, Jackson was heard complaining about his wandering life that had taken him from his Neverland Ranch in California to Bahrain, France and back to a series of homes in California.

He told Brandon "Randy" Phillips, CEO of AEG Live and the promoter for Jackson's "This Is It" tour, that he was tired of making his three children live like "vagabonds," according to Phillips' earlier testimony.

Jackson, who was preparing for a 31-show concert tour, was approached by Phillips about extending the tour to 50 shows, Phillips told the jury.

The King of Pop replied that he would consider the expanded schedule under a couple of conditions. One of those conditions was that he be provided with an estate outside of London with 16-plus acres, running streams and horses, Phillips said.

"The primary reason was that he wanted to finally settle down and get a really, really good home for the kids so they weren't living like vagabonds. He was tired of living like that," Phillips said.

One thing that didn't change about the flamboyant Jackson was his desire to be recognized. His other condition was to have the Guinness Book of Records be present at his 50th concert, "because he knew this was a feat that no performer would ever be able to beat," the AEG executive said.

Earlier in the trial, other revelations emerged ranging from how Jackson slept with a urinary catheter each night to his use of oxygen tanks, skin-bleaching creams, his use of aliases and his refusal to use telephones.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the defense testimony shored up Murray's claim that Jackson was responsible for his own death by allegedly giving himself a dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol while Murray was out of the room on June 25, 2009.

"The defense is in a tough spot," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. "When all you have to do is hope that at least one juror thinks that there's reasonable doubt, the defense still has hope -- at least on cause of death, rather than negligence."

Earlier in the week, Murray's legal team brought in a series of witnesses who testified how Jackson would beg them to provide him with propofol, the only drug that he said would allow him to sleep.

But prosecution asked each of those doctors and nurses whether they agreed to provide Jackson with the drug, and each said they had refused. That left Murray as the only physician who agreed to administer propofol to Jackson.

"He kept telling me that doctors said he'd be safe [taking the propofol]," said Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner who consulted Jackson on holistic health care. "I said, 'No one who cares about your will give you propofol to sleep.'"

Abrams said those witness statements are damaging to the defense.

"Their witnesses, who claim that Michael Jackson was effectively shopping around for a doctor or nurse who'd give him drugs, are also saying they never would have done what Murray did, and that they actually refused," said Abrams, "I don't think there's a chance that [the jury] won't agree that he was grossly negligent."

Following White's testimony, the two sides will begin their summations and closing statements. The jury could begin deliberating early next week.

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