Michael Jackson fans are to sue Dr. Conrad Murray, the late pop star’s personal physician who was found guilty of Jackson’s manslaughter in November 2011.
Jackson fans in France have gone to court and are aiming to sue Murray for “emotional distress.” The news comes just a week after Murray was told he must forfeit his medical license. Safe to say 2012 is not looking much brighter than 2011 for Murray.
Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot is representing over one hundred Jackson fans, all of whom seem determined to kick a man when he’s down in the name of a quick personal payout. Murray has been a target of Jackson fans since the singer’s 2009 death and the physician’s subsequent conviction for involuntary manslaughter. This is the first time revenge has been pursued through the courts, however. Ludot told AFP:
“It’s similar to losing a childhood friend in a traffic accident. Because this death affects you, you have the possibility to file a suit and seek compensation.”
Reportedly, fans could receive $13,000 apiece if the lawsuit is successful. Each fan will file an individual lawsuit, though some fans (to their credit) say they aren’t seeking money, and are only interested in claiming a symbolic amount in damages equivalent to one euro.
Murray was sentenced to the maximum penalty of four years of incarceration; according to Los Angeles County Sheriff officials, he’s expected to serve a little less than two years in the Los Angeles County Jail, due to California prison overcrowding.