Add [artist id="1090"]Janet Jackson[/artist] to the chorus of Jackson family members who believe [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist]'s June death involved some nefarious activity. In a segment from , ABC's upcoming interview with Janet Jackson, the singer said she believes Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, should shoulder the blame for her brother's death.
"He was the one that was administering. ... I think he's responsible," Jackson said in the interview, slated to air Wednesday, apparently referencing the fact that Murray was the one who provided what officials called a lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson.
Though Murray has not been charged in the case and his lawyer said he did not administer anything that "should have" caused Jackson's death, Janet reportedly tells ABC's Robin Roberts that she believes Murray should not be allowed to practice medicine anymore.
A spokesperson for Murray's attorney, Ed Chertoff, said in a statement to MTV News: "The Los Angeles investigation into Michael Jackson's death continues. We continue to maintain Dr. Murray neither prescribed nor administered anything that should have killed Michael Jackson. Any theory to the contrary is premature and not based in fact."
The Los Angeles Police Department has not yet concluded its investigation into Jackson's death, but Murray is the sole focus of their probe into what caused the singer to succumb to cardiac arrest in June.
Janet said Michael continues to be on her mind all the time, admitting that "a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him." Unlike some of the other Jackson family members, Janet was not in Los Angeles on June 25 and she recounted for Roberts the difficulty of dealing with Michael's passing long-distance.
"I was at my house in New York. ... And I get a call. ... [My assistant] said, 'Your brother's been taken to the hospital. It's on CNN right now,' " she recalled. "I called everyone. There's a line busy or — someone wasn't picking up. I spoke to Mother. I spoke to Tito. I spoke to my nephew Austin. I spoke to my sister La Toya. ... I told them to call me when they got to the hospital. And I remember thinking, 'Nobody's calling me back,' so I tried calling again, and that's how I found out that he was no longer. ... I couldn't believe it."
Jackson said the news was almost impossible to believe at first. "It just didn't ring true to me," she said in her first major interview since Jackson's death. "It felt like a dream. It's still so difficult for me to believe. It's, you know, you have to accept what is. But it's hard. You have to move on with your life. You have to accept what is, and I understand that."
The siblings were "incredibly close" as children, and Janet said they did practically everything together and spent every day together in their formative years, with Michael acting as a nurturing presence to his youngest sibling. "We'd feed all the animals, took care of the babies," she said of the animals on the family's Hayvenhurst compound in Encino, California. "All the animals — giraffes, mouflon sheep, deer, they had fawned — all kinds of animals, all kinds of birds. And I remember I would come home from school with the hay like I'm going to a ranch."
Janet said she last saw Michael two days before her 43rd birthday in May. "I was being silly, acting silly," she said. "And he was sitting in front of me and just cracking up, laughing at me. I was being loud, and he thought it was so funny. I was just being stupid, acting silly."