A close friend and doctor who treated
Dr. Allen Metzger, who had accompanied Jackson on a tour of Australia in the 1990s, said Jackson seemed more stressed than usual when he made a house call to the singer's rented Holmby Hills mansion.
"The stress of rehearsing, and 'Can I do 50 shows?' was really weighing heavily on him," said Metzger, who is expected to be one of the final witnesses in the five-month wrongful-death trial.
Jackson was rehearsing for his 50-concert
Metzger's notes from the April 18, 2009 visit were shown to jurors. "He inquired about intravenous 'sleep medication,' and I explained this was dangerous and potentially life-threatening, and should not be done outside of the hospital," the doctor wrote.
Metzger wrote in his notes that he would prescribe "a small amount of sleep medications."
Asked by lawyer Deborah Chang, an attorney for the Jackson family, whether the pop star seemed desperate, Metzger replied, "Yes."
"Did you feel badly for him?"
Metzger said that shortly after the house call he spoke to the head of
Metzger said the anesthesiologist couldn't help him and didn't know any anesthesiologists in England who could assist Jackson with his sleep problem.
That was the last time he saw Jackson.
The singer's mother and three children are suing concert promoter
The case, which started in late April, is expected to go to the jury next week.
Metzger, who said he visited Jackson's
Chang asked if that was how he remembered Jackson's condition.
"Oh, no. Not at all," he replied.
"Would you be concerned?" she asked.
"Oh yes, oh yes," he said.