Carl Douglas, a lawyer who has represented Michael Jackson in civil cases, is warning that there may be a civil action taken against Jackson by the Arvizos.
"He has to send a message to the world: If you're going to come after Michael Jackson, you have to be ready for a war,".
In civil litigation the accuser could force Jackson to testify both in depositions and at a trial.
Additionally, 12 jurors in the criminal case would have had to find Jackson guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt". However, in a civil case the claimant only has to prove their case "by a preponderance of the evidence"; whereby 9 of the 12 need to agree.