A female individual has filed a lawsuit against Jermaine Jackson in Los Angeles, claiming that he sexually assaulted her at her residence in 1988. The plaintiff also accuses Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown music, of failing to provide assistance when she informed him of the incident.
Rita Butler Barrett has filed a lawsuit in the Van Nuys Superior Court, claiming sexual battery, assault, and negligence. She is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages, but the exact amount has not been specified.
The 69-year-old sibling of the late Michael Jackson’s representative was not available for immediate contact.
According to the lawsuit, Barrett and Jackson became acquainted through their shared roles as members of the Musician’s Union and through family ties to Gordy. Gordy, who is now 94 years old, is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Jackson purportedly visited Barrett’s residence without prior notification in the spring of 1988. He proceeded to enter and sexually assault her using “force and violence.”
Barrett was afraid for her safety and the following day informed Gordy of the reported events. However, according to the lawsuit, the music executive chose not to disclose the information, continuing the concealment and enabling Mr. Gordy, defendant Jackson, and others involved in the business partnership to continue profiting from Mr. Jackson’s work and reputation for an extended period of time.
According to the lawsuit, Gordy sold Motown shortly after for a significant amount of money.
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