A close friend of Michael Jackson's personal physician says Dr. Conrad Murray picked up another top-flight celebrity patient just weeks after he left his practice to travel with the King of Pop — Elizabeth Taylor.
But a representative for Taylor told FOXNews.com that the screen legend denies the story, calling it a "blank blank blank lie."
The Rev. Floyd Williams told FOXNews.com he was sitting with Murray in his Houston office in early May when the doctor received a phone call from Taylor ’s secretary.
“I was sitting right there with him when the telephone rang, and I’ll tell you we were in the middle of talking about him going on tour (with Jackson),” Williams, 80, told FOXNews.com.
According to Williams, “Miss Elizabeth Taylor said to Murray , 'I understand that you’re going to be Michael’s personal physician in London ?'
“Yes, I am.”
And Murray replied yes, Williams said.
But when asked for comment, Taylor 's publicist, Dick Gutman, told FOXNews.com:
"This is [ Taylor 's] personal statement to you: 'It's a blank blank blank lie.'"
Taylor, 77, who has a history of serious health issues and has recently been seen using a wheelchair, was planning to accompany Jackson, her longtime friend, on his series of 50 comeback concerts in London this summer. The screen legend was packing her bags to attend the opening show when she heard the news that Jackson had died, she wrote on Twitter on June 26.
Williams says the phone call came about two weeks after Murray had finally accepted the offer to be Jackson ’s personal physician.