Michael Jackson‘s dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein has been subpoenaed by the Medical Board of California, reportedly on allegations that the doctor over-prescribed Demerol to the late pop icon. Klein, who has never been accused of criminal conduct in connection to Jackson’s death in 2009, will have to appear for questioning on December 15th.
According to TMZ’s sources, the Board plans to question Klein about claims that he self-prescribed narcotics, used false names on narcotic prescriptions, illegally handed out drug samples to famous patients and committed gross negligence by practicing while afflicted with multiple sclerosis.
To make matters worse for Klein, his lawyer, Herbert L. Weinberg, has quit the case. There has been no official explanation for Weinberg’s resignation, but it’s certainly a bad sign for Klein.
During the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who has been convicted for involuntary manslaughter in Jackon’s death, expert witness Dr. Robert Waldman claimed that Klein gave the singer 900 milligrams of Demerol over a span of three days in May 2009. This apparently led to withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia, which the singer attempted to relieve with the sedative Propofol, which caused his death. According to Waldman, Klein gave Jackson “stiff doses” of Demerol that were not required for the singer’s Botox and Restylane treatments.