Claims Michael Jackson drank intravenous drugs

Michael Jackson drank intravenous drugs, it is to be claimed in court.

The late singer's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray faces trial next week over the involuntary manslaughter of the 'King of Pop' - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - and his legal team are reportedly planning to show how addicted the "crazy" star was to medications to help him sleep.

The claims come after an autopsy report showed the intravenously administered sedative was swilling in his stomach hours after his death.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Conrad Murray's team can't understand how Propofol got into the stomach.

"It does not make sense unless Michael drank it. To them that will show the world how much of an addict he was.

"Michael was acting crazy in his last few hours, demanding drugs to help him sleep. He was always playing with the bottles, who knows what he did."

Murray will also claim Michael was able to inject himself to feed his addictions and had detailed knowledge of painkilling medications and intravenous treatments after decades of drug abuse.

The source added: "Dr. Murray is confident he can convince a jury Michael could have self-administered his drugs.

"It paints a bad picture of him as his doctor for feeding his addiction but Dr. Murray still insists he didn't dish out enough to kill him."

Meanwhile, a key witness in the case has gone missing.

Pharmacist Tim Lopez - who claimed he sent large amounts of a powerful anaesthetic to Murray's girlfriend shortly before the singer's death - has moved to Thailand without telling authorities, and his friends and family have reportedly refused to reveal his exact whereabouts.

Now, prosecutors want to use an earlier testimony he gave as part of their evidence, with Judge Michael Pastor expected to make a decision in the next few days.

Opening arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin on September 26.

If convicted, the medic faces up to four years in jail.

- BANG! Showbiz

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