Michael Jackson fans sue Conrad Murray for emotional distress, and win
Five Michael Jackson fans have been awarded one euro each by a French court for the “emotional damage” they suffered after his death.
The case reviewed lawsuits filed by 34 fans against Conrad Murray, who was in charge of caring for the pop star. Murray was jailed in 2011 on charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson’s death.
The court in Orleans ruled five fans had proven emotional suffering. Conrad Murray served two years of a four-year term for administering a lethal dose of an anaesthetic drug to Jackson and was released in October. […]
The five claimants – two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium – were all members of the French-based Michael Jackson Community fan club. Their lawyer said they had proven their suffering “with the help of witness statements and medical certificates.”
“As far as I know this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognised,” Emmanuel Ludot told the AFP news agency.
The damages were symbolic and the claimants will not seek to collect the one euro each from Conrad Murray. Last month an American court rejected Murray’s bid to have his conviction for involuntary manslaughter overturned.
Last month a US court rejected a bid by Murray to have his conviction for involuntary manslaughter overturned.
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