Boy files sex abuse lawsuit against Jackson

September 15, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Through his parents, the 13-year-old boy who has alleged child abuse by Michael Jackson has filed a civil lawsuit charging that the pop superstar repeatedly sexually molested him.

The suit, the latest salvo in a three-week war of words on both sides of the issue, alleged that sometime during this year, the singer "repeatedly committed sexual battery" with the boy.

"This child's life and emotional well-being hangs in the balance of what happens here," said Larry R. Feldman, the boy's attorney. He said the civil suit was meant to speed up the Los Angeles Police Department's criminal investigation regarding the boy's allegations. "This is the quickest way to get this kid's life back in order," the attorney said.

No criminal charges have been filed against Mr. Jackson, who from the beginning has denied any wrongdoing.

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