Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Michael Jackson Faces Contempt of Court

It seems that there is another sexual assault case hanging over the head of Michael Jackson.

Jackson did not show up in court in Louisiana on Wednesday for a hearing on a lawsuit by Joseph Bartucci.

Bartucci claims that Jackson held him against his will, and sexually assaulted him in 1984.

Bartucci claims that when he was 18 he was lured into Jackson's limousine during a trip to the 1984 World's Fair, and sexually assaulted and battered while held against his will for several days.

Bartucci has said his memories of the events were suppressed until two years ago, when the news coverage of the child molestation charges against Jackson rekindled them.

Jackson, or a lawyer, had been ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon to discuss who would defend the singer in the lawsuit. However, no one turned up.

Fallon has now set August the 17th for a hearing in which Jackson must show why he should not be held in contempt of court, and a default judgment issued against him.

Jackson's spokesman, Brian Oxman, said that the no-show was the result of "an administrative problem that occurs in a big organisation."


"Michael Jackson has had many such lawsuits and each one has resulted in him being exonerated or the case being dismissed. This is part of the magic and burden of being Michael Jackson."

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