Michael Jackson's former bodyguard Alberto Alvarez has revealed he is facing financial problems after turning down a number of big money deals to talk to the media about his late boss.
Alvarez took the stand in court on Thursday (29Sep11) during the third day of Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial and testified about what he witnessed in Jackson's rented Los Angeles home on the morning of the King of Pop's death in 2009.
The bodyguard revealed he had helped the singer's personal physician perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (Cpr) on the lifeless pop star and then bagged up drug-related and medical items Murray had told him to remove from view.
Alvarez also helped escort Jackson's children, Paris and Prince, away from the singer's bedroom and he later took the kids' Labrador, Kenya, to the Jackson family compound in Encino, California.
The bodyguard was also among the entourage which followed paramedics to hospital, where Jackson was pronounced dead.
As a key witness to the events of the day of Jackson's death, Alvarez was targeted by as many as 30 media agencies and networks in the weeks and months following the pop singer's death and he told the court the National Enquirer had once offered him $200,000 (£125,000) for an interview, which he turned down.
The bodyguard testified he had also been offered $500,000 (£312,500) to speak to another unidentified news group.
In total, he claimed nine or 10 agencies had offered him cash for an interview about the day Jackson died, but he refused them all - and he told the jurors that his ethics had cost him dear, stating, "It has caused a lot of financial problems. I really don't have steady work. I went from a great salary (working for Jackson) to hardly anything."
And the bodyguard revealed that even celebrity clients who have hired him use his links to the Jackson tragedy: "They try to sell my involvement with Michael Jackson."