Bo Jackson Wins $21 Million in Georgia Blackmail Case Against Family Members
February 11, 2024 - Reading time: 2 minutes
Former professional baseball and football player Vincent “Bo” Jackson has won a $21 million verdict in his civil case against his niece and nephew for trying to extort him.
The decision includes a permanent protective order barring Thomas Lee Anderson and Erica M. Anderson Ross from further bothering or contacting Jackson and his immediate family members, as well as staying at least 500 yards away from them and removing any content about them on social media.
Background: Bo Jackson is a renowned former professional baseball and football player who won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn University. In April, he filed a lawsuit against his niece and nephew for extortion through harassment and intimidation. The siblings allegedly demanded $20 million from him in exchange for ending their conduct.
Harassment Allegations: Jackson claimed that the harassment began in 2022 and included threatening social media posts, public allegations putting him in a false light, and disclosure of private information intended to cause severe emotional distress. The siblings reportedly threatened to disrupt a charity event hosted by Jackson as part of their intimidation tactics.
Court Ruling: Cobb County Superior Court Judge Jason D. Marbutt found that there was no legitimate purpose for the Andersons' actions and granted Jackson's claims, awarding him $21 million in damages. The judge also issued a permanent protective order against the siblings and their attorney, who did not rebuttal Jackson’s allegations or participate in the case after a May 2023 hearing.
Bo Jackson has successfully won his civil case against his niece and nephew for extortion through harassment and intimidation. The court awarded him $21 million, as well as issuing a permanent protective order barring any further contact or bothering of the Jacksons by the Andersons.
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