Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

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

The Feb. 2 determination included a everlasting protecting order barring Thomas Lee Anderson and his sister, Erica M. Anderson Ross, from additional bothering or contacting Jackson and his instant members of the family. The Andersons additionally should keep at the very least 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 family members tried to extort $20 million from him by way of harassment and intimidation.

“Sadly for these making an attempt to extort $20 million {dollars} from Jackson and his household, Bo nonetheless hits again onerous,” Jackson’s attorneys — Robert Ingram and David Conley — mentioned 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 mild, and public disclosure of personal info supposed to trigger him extreme emotional misery, WSB-TV reported. He mentioned Thomas Anderson wrote on Fb that he would launch images, 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 legal professional, demanded the cash in change for ending their conduct, Jackson mentioned. He mentioned they threatened to seem at a restaurant close to his residence and disrupt a charity occasion he hosted in April in Auburn as a method of harassment and intimidation.

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

The courtroom discovered that there was no official 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 Decide Jason D. Marbutt mentioned 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, after they consented to a short lived protecting order, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported. The decide discovered the Andersons to be in default, accepting as true all of Jackson’s allegations, the newspaper mentioned.

“Affordable folks would discover defendants’ conduct excessive and outrageous,” Marbutt wrote. “The courtroom noticed proof that an legal professional representing defendants claimed his shoppers’ conduct would stop for the sum of $20 million.”

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