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Bo Jackson awarded $21 million in Georgia blackmail, stalking case towards relations

ATLANTA — Former professional baseball and football player Vincent “Bo” Jackson, a running back who won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn, has won a $21 million verdict in his civil case against his niece and nephew for trying to extort him. The Feb. 2 decision included a permanent protective order barring Thomas Lee Anderson and

Bo Jackson awarded $21 million in Georgia blackmail, stalking case towards relations

ATLANTA — Former skilled baseball and soccer participant Vincent “Bo” Jackson, a working again who received the Heisman Trophy at Auburn, has received 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 fast relations. 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 arduous,” Jackson’s attorneys — Robert Ingram and David Conley — stated Monday in a information launch concerning 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 meant to trigger him extreme emotional misery, WSB-TV reported. He stated 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 alternate for ending their conduct, Jackson stated. He stated they threatened to look at a restaurant close to his dwelling and disrupt a charity occasion he hosted in April in Auburn as a method of harassment and intimidation.

Jackson feared for his security and that of his fast 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 professional goal for these actions and that even after receiving a stop and desist letter from Jackson’s attorneys, the intimidation and harassment continued.

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Cobb County Superior Courtroom Decide Jason D. Marbutt stated 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, once they consented to a brief protecting order, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported. The choose discovered the Andersons to be in default, accepting as true all of Jackson’s allegations, the newspaper stated.

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

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