Report: Janet Jackson Planned Intervention For Michael in 2007

July 9, 2009 3:39 PM ET

Janet Jackson reportedly attempted to set up an intervention in 2007 to confront Michael Jackson about his addiction to painkillers, a pair of sources told CNN. According to the report, Janet recruited her brothers to help stage the intervention, however Michael told his bodyguards to prevent his family from entering his property and refused to accept phone calls from his mother Katherine, CNN reports.

Following the sudden death of Michael Jackson, the singer's use of medications has come under the microscope, with many doctors who were associated with Jackson being questioned by investigators to determine if drugs played any role in the superstar's unexpected cardiac arrest. Jackson's toxicology report has not yet been revealed. The Jackson family reportedly long suspected Michael was abusing prescription drugs, but Michael would not discuss the matter. "If you tried to deal with him, he would shut you out. You just wouldn't hear from him for long periods," a source told CNN.

People previously reported that the intervention nearly happened in Las Vegas around 2006, with Jackson's siblings Randy, Jackie and Rebbie — with sister Janet on the phone — questioning Michael about his perceived misuse of prescription drugs. However, "Michael got pissed off. He said he wasn't on drugs. But they didn't believe him," a family insider told People.

Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist and the rumored biological father of Jackson's two oldest children, told Larry King Live that he too had concerns about Jackson's medication use, especially the prescription drug Diprivan. "I knew at one point that he was using Diprivan when he was on tour in Germany," Klein said. "He was using it to go to sleep at night. I told him he was absolutely insane. I said, 'You have to quit it. This drug, you can't repeatedly take.' " However, Klein added that to his knowledge, Jackson had stopped taking drugs outside of the dosages Klein prescribed to Jackson after unspecified surgeries.

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