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Michael Jackson:
New lawsuit, same accuser

June 11, 1996
Web posted at: 6:30 p.m. EDT

SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Pop star Michael Jackson, as well as several people and corporations associated with him, must contend with another multi-million dollar lawsuit from the father of a boy who accused Jackson of sexually molesting him.

The original molestation lawsuit was filed in September 1993 and was reportedly settled in January 1994 for several million dollars. Jackson was never charged with a crime.

Now, the man claims Jackson has violated the terms of the settlement by speaking and singing about the ordeal. The suit is seeking in excess of $60 million dollars from Michael Jackson, Sony Music and ABC/Capital Cities.

The plaintiff, not identified by CNN because his son was only 13 when he originally sued, filed the new lawsuit May 7 at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, California. It was unsealed Monday.

In addition to Jackson, the suit names as defendants the singer's ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, Sony Music, the Walt Disney Company, ABC/Capital Cities Inc. and Diane Sawyer, among others.

Televised denials

The plaintiff claims Jackson intentionally breached the confidentiality agreement when he tried to rehabilitate his image and career on ABC's "PrimeTime Live," hosted by Sawyer, in June 1994. Lisa Marie Presley appeared with him in what was her first interview after their marriage.

On the show both celebrities denied the allegations of child molestation, and Jackson said the reports he settled for many, many millions were untrue.

Multiple claims

The plaintiff is seeking an amount in excess of the $60 million he claims the broadcaster made on the show. He also filed libel and slander charges, and claims the show, its guests and its host cast him and his son in a false light.

The plaintiff is also seeking an amount in excess of the profits he claims Sony has made by selling Jackson's latest recording, "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book One." Sony has not released exact figures of sales.

Furthermore, the plaintiff says some song lyrics, including "They Don't Care About Us," "This Time Around", and "Money" are a breech of the settlement and a "means to commercially exploit" the lawsuit.

He charges the lyrics are malicious and caused him and his son great harm and suffering, loss of reputation and emotional damage.

The plaintiff is also asking for injunctive relief -- meaning he wants the sale of "HIStory" stopped.

Included in the 13 kinds of damages the plaintiff is suing for is a charge that the plaintiff has received death threats from Jackson fans who think he is an extortionist.



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