In “WTF?” news…five European fans of the late great Michael Jackson scored a somewhat strange courtroom victory as they successfully sued Jackson’s former doctor Conrad Murray in regards to the singer’s June 2009 death.
Citing “emotional distress,” the five super fans provided medical records and witness testimonials that amazingly convinced a Orleans, France judge to rule in their favor.
Now here’s the kicker…each fan was awarded damages in the amount of one euro ($1.36 in American currency). In lieu of their award, each claimant, all members of a French based Michael Jackson fan club, instead want the right to visit Jackson’s private grave in Los Angeles.
While the amount awarded to the claimants is pretty miniscule, the precedent that this ruling sets is monumental according to the fans’ lawyer Emmanuel Ludot.
“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 recognized.” Ludot says.