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MJ's long-time pal Kathy Hilton finds his slurring tape evidence 'suspicious'

September 28, 2011 - Washington

Michael Jackson's long-time friend Kathy Hilton has called a recording of the singer produced during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, that heard the star slurring his words weeks before his death, "suspicious."

Hilton is also furious that the star's family had to witness distressing details about him in court.

Several of the 'Thriller' legend's relatives, including his parents Katherine and Joe, were in a Los Angeles courtroom as Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial began under intense media scrutiny on Tuesday.

During the first day's proceedings, an eerie cell phone chat between Jackson and his personal physician was played to jurors. They were also shown a photo of the star's lifeless body on a gurney.

Hilton, a childhood friend of Jackson, was stunned to see the case unfold on TV news and expressed her shock at the evidence.

"When I heard the tape I could not believe what I was hearing. I had never heard anything like that before, with anyone," Contactmusic quoted Hilton as saying on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.

"I thought it was very suspicious and I thought it was very strange and not normal. Wouldn't he (Murray) have called somebody right away, a manager or a family member and say, 'You need to get over here and see this'?

"When I saw this today, this was criminal. To have his parents and his brothers and sister and children to see something like this," she added.

Jackson's sister La Toya has also expressed her anguish at the day's court proceedings, telling her fans on, "Seeing his lifeless body laying there on the gurney is heart wrenching!"


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