April 15, 2024

Former skilled baseball and soccer participant Vincent “Bo” Jackson, a working again who gained the Heisman Trophy at Auburn, has gained a $21 million verdict in his civil case in opposition to his niece and nephew for making an attempt to extort him.

The Feb. 2 choice included a everlasting protecting order barring Thomas Lee Anderson and his sister, Erica M. Anderson Ross, from additional bothering or contacting Jackson and his speedy relations. The Andersons additionally should keep not less than 500 yards from the Jacksons and take away from social media any content material about them, information shops reported.

The lawsuit, filed in April, alleged that Jackson’s kinfolk tried to extort $20 million from him by way of harassment and intimidation.

“Sadly for these making an attempt to extort $20 million from Jackson and his household, Bo nonetheless hits again arduous,” Jackson’s attorneys — Robert Ingram and David Conley — stated Monday in a information launch in regards to the case.

Jackson, 61, claimed the harassment began in 2022 and included threatening social media posts and messages, public allegations that put him in a false gentle, and public disclosure of personal info meant to trigger him extreme emotional misery, WSB-TV reported. He stated Thomas Anderson wrote on Fb that he would launch pictures, textual content and medical information of Jackson to “present America” that he wasn’t enjoying round, the lawsuit alleged.

The Andersons, with assist from an Atlanta lawyer, demanded the cash in change for ending their conduct, Jackson stated. He stated they threatened to look at a restaurant close to his residence and disrupt a charity occasion he hosted in April in Auburn as a way of harassment and intimidation.

Jackson feared for his security and that of his speedy household, the lawsuit states. It sought a stalking protecting order in opposition to the Andersons in addition to unspecified compensation for intentional infliction of emotional misery and invasion of privateness. Jackson additionally introduced a civil conspiracy declare in opposition to the siblings.

The court docket discovered that there was no reliable goal for these actions and that even after receiving a stop and desist letter from Jackson’s attorneys, the intimidation and harassment continued.

Cobb County Superior Court docket Choose Jason D. Marbutt stated in his order that neither the Andersons nor their attorneys rebutted Jackson’s claims or participated within the case after a Could 2023 listening to, once they consented to a short lived protecting order, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported. The choose discovered the Andersons to be in default, accepting as true all of Jackson’s allegations, the newspaper stated.

“Cheap folks would discover defendants’ conduct excessive and outrageous,” Marbutt wrote. “The court docket noticed proof that an lawyer representing defendants claimed his purchasers’ conduct would stop for the sum of $20 million.”

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