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French court awards Jackson fans for emotional suffering

Published on Feb 11, 2014 11:06 PM

ORLEANS (AFP) - Five Michael Jackson fans won symbolic damages of one euro (S$1.74) each on Tuesday as a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death.

Played out in a court in the city of Orleans, the unusual case saw 34 fans suing Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was jailed in 2011 over the singer's death from an overdose, for the suffering they endured.

The court ruled that five of the plaintiffs - two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium - had proven emotional suffering from Jackson's death.

"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," said their lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot.

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