Michael Jackson fans win damages for ’emotional suffering’ from star’s death
Calling themselves the “Michael Jackson Community,” a group of fans has won a suit filed in France that maintained their feelings were damaged by the superstar’s death in 2009 from a drug overdose.
On Tuesday, a court in Orleans gave one euro each ($1.74) to five fans who sued Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who supplied Jackson with the powerful anesthetic propofol
Murray was released from a U.S. prison in October after serving half of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter. He was the last person to see Jackson alive.
The judge found that five of 34 Jackson devotees who sued, saying they had suffered emotional damage following Jackson’s overdose, had proven their suffering to the court.
Two fans are from France, two are from Switzerland and the other is from Belgium.
“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 recognized,” the fans’ attorney, Emmanuel Ludot, told Agence France-Presse..