MICHAEL JACKSON: FORMER AIDE SAYS POP STAR HAD LONG-STANDING DRUG ISSUES
NEW YORK (AP) -- A personal assistant-turned-personal manager to Michael Jackson says the pop star had trouble with drugs that dated nearly a decade before his death. Frank Cascio has written a book titled "My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship With an Extraordinary Man." And in it, he says Jackson had been taking propofol as early as 1999. And he says Jackson started the first of two 30th anniversary shows in 2001 an hour late because he was drugged up in his dressing room at New York's Madison Square Garden. Cascio says Jackson was first introduced to Demerol in 1984 when he burned his head during a Pepsi commercial shoot.