Bo Jackson got $21 million in a racketeering and stalking case in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — Former professional baseball and football player Vincent “Bo” Jackson, a runner who won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn, has won a $21 million judgment in his civil case against his niece and nephew for trying to extort him.
The February 2 decision included a permanent protective order prohibiting Thomas Lee Anderson and his sister Erica M. Anderson Ross from disturbing or contacting Jackson and members of his immediate family. The Anderson family must also stay at least 500 yards away from the Jackson family and remove any content related to them from social media, the media reported.
The lawsuit filed in April alleged that Jackson’s relatives attempted to extort $20 million from him through harassment and intimidation.
“Unfortunately for those trying to extort $20 million from Jackson and his family, Beau is still hitting back aggressively,” Jackson’s lawyers – Robert Ingram and David Conley – said Monday in a press release about the case.
Jackson, 61, claimed the harassment began in 2022 and included threatening social media posts and messages, public allegations that placed him in a false light, and public disclosure of private information intended to cause him severe emotional distress, WSB-TV reported. mentioned. He said Thomas Anderson wrote on Facebook that he would post photos, texts and medical records of Jackson to “show America” he wasn’t fooling around, the lawsuit alleged.
The Andersons, with the help of an Atlanta attorney, demanded money in exchange for an end to their behavior, Jackson said. He said they threatened to show up at a restaurant near his home and disrupt a charity event he hosted in April in Auburn as a means of harassment and intimidation.
The lawsuit states that Jackson feared for his safety and the safety of his immediate family. She sought a protective order against the Andersons as well as unspecified damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. Jackson also filed a civil conspiracy suit against the siblings.
The court found that there was no legitimate purpose to these actions, and that even after receiving a cease and desist letter from Jackson’s attorneys, the intimidation and harassment continued.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge Jason D. Marbut said in his order that the Andersons and their attorneys did not refute Jackson’s claims or participate in the case after a hearing in May 2023, when they agreed to a temporary protective order, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. mentioned. The newspaper said that the judge found that the Anderson family was in default, and accepted all of Jackson’s claims as true.
“Reasonable people would find the defendants’ conduct extreme and outrageous,” Marbut wrote. “The court saw evidence that the attorney representing the defendants claimed that his clients’ conduct would cease in exchange for $20 million.”
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