Jackson 'Self-Harmed' to Get Drugs

Singer was spending $50K a month on prescriptions
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 8:00 AM CDT
In this June 23, 2009 file handout photo provided by AEG, Michael Jackson rehearses at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/ Kevin Mazur, AEG/Getty Images, File)
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(Newser) – Toward the end of his life Michael Jackson was so desperate for prescription drugs, sources tell investigators he harmed himself in an effort to get more, the Mirror reports. Jackson was reportedly spending nearly $50,000 a month on drugs including Vicodin, Soma, Xanax, Zoloft, Paxil, and Prilosec, and he was beset with side effects from shaking fits to hallucinations.

“Michael was prone to self-harming,” says a source. “He’d bang his head against the wall, hit his fists and arms against furniture.” In addition to a quest for more painkillers, “Michael self-harmed mainly as an attention-seeking mechanism or to gain sympathy,” says another source. “He enjoyed being cared for. It was a huge cry for help.”