Thursday, February 13, 2014

French court awards damages to Michael Jackson fans for 'emotional suffering' from star's death

Five Michael Jackson fans have been awarded one euro each by a French court for the "emotional damage" they suffered after the pop star's death.
The case saw 34 fans sue Jackson's doctor, who was jailed in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the singer.
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.
Last month a US court rejected a bid by Murray to have his conviction for involuntary manslaughter overturned.
Symbolic damages 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

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