Smokey Robinson performs at the 'Michael Forever' concert to remember the late Michael Jackson at The Millenium Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Cardiff, United Kingdom

*Smokey Robinson is clarifying a statement he made backstage at the Oct. 8 Michael Jackson tribute concert that appeared to support Dr. Conrad Murray, the man on trial for the King of Pop’s death.

When “Access Hollywood” correspondent Tim Vincent asked Smokey for his take on the trial, currently going on in Los Angeles, the singer and friend of the late superstar called the whole ordeal a “tragedy.”

“I feel sorry, in a way, for the doctor,” Smokey told Tim. “He was just so happy to be around Michael Jackson, and to do whatever Michael said whenever Michael said it. It’s tragic.”

“Michael was my little brother. I knew him since he was 10 years old,” the music legend continued. “I’ve been watching talent and watching people perform and dance since I was probably two years old. I have tapes of old performers and people like that. The overall picture: He was the best I ever saw.”

Smokey Robinson poses for a portrait backstage at the 'Michael Forever' concert to remember the late Michael Jackson at The Millenium Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Cardiff, United Kingdom

On Tuesday, Smokey Robinson issued the following statement to Access Hollywood:

“I would like to clarify statements I made regarding Dr. Murray at the Michael Jackson Forever Tribute Concert this past weekend. I knew Michael Jackson since he was 10 years old and loved him like a little brother. His untimely death was one of the most tragic events in my life. Let me be clear, I believe Dr. Murray is responsible for Michael Jackson’s death through his absolute negligence.”