"There is no reliable evidence showing how Prince obtained the counterfeit Vicodin containing fentanyl", he added. But the doctor who proscribed him opioid painkiller's a week before his death in April of 2016, Michael T. The physician's attorney said in a statement that Schulenberg worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and he did not write any prescriptions with the intention that they would be used by the singer.
Ninety minutes before Metz spoke, the US attorney's office in Minnesota announced that it had agreed to a civil settlement with a Minnesota doctor who admitted that he knew that painkillers he had prescribed for Prince's bodyguard and longtime associate, Kirk Johnson, would be used by the musician.
Schulenberg admits no liability for Prince's death, and according to court records, the settlement is "is neither an admission of facts nor liability".
State and federal authorities have been investigating the source of the fentanyl for almost two years, and have still not determined where the drug came from or how Prince got it.
Brooker said Schulenberg was not the target of any criminal investigation in Prince's death.
As The Guardian reports, a two-year investigation into the case found that there was no evidence to justify prosecution after the pop star suffered an accidental fentanyl overdose from counterfeit pills he believed to be a weaker painkiller.
In a separate development, a doctor who treated the musician in his final weeks has been fined for allegedly writing a prescription knowing it would be used by another person, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota said in a statement.
According to the agreement, Schulenberg and the USA attorney's office reached the settlement to "avoid the delay, uncertainty, inconvenience, and expense of protracted litigation of these claims".