Michael Jackson doctor must pay grieving fans 1 euro: French judge

Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:34pm EST
 
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ORLEANS, France (Reuters) - A French judge ruled on Tuesday that five Michael Jackson fans who said they were distraught over his death be paid a total of one euro in "emotional damages" by the entertainer's doctor, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

The court ruling in the city of Orleans capped a two-year struggle by a group of 30 French, Swiss and Belgian fans of the pop star for legal recognition of their loss.

Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in administering an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which killed the 50-year-old pop star in 2009.

Murray lost an appeal against his conviction last month but remains out of custody, having been released from a Los Angeles jail last October after serving two years.

"Dr. Murray was ordered to pay one 'symbolic' euro, or $1.34, and that's what we were looking for," the fans' lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said.

The judge considered medical records submitted by the fans before making the decision, Ludot said.

Ludot said the ruling would be communicated to Murray - who did not attend hearings and was not represented by a lawyer - via diplomatic courier, adding: "But the fight is not about claiming the sum of one euro."

Two of the five fans awarded the payout are French.

Under French law, plaintiffs can bring a case against another party who is neither French nor resides in France as long as they themselves are a citizen.   Continued...

 
Dr. Conrad Murray listens as Judge Michael Pastor sentences him to four years in county jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction of pop star Michael Jackson in this screen grab from pool video in Los Angeles November 29, 2011. REUTERS/CNN/Pool