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Complainant Name:
Mr Tariano Jackson II

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 3, 6

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Mr Tariano Jackson II complained to the Press Complaints Commission regarding an article which he considered to have breached Clause 1 (Accuracy), Clause 2 (Opportunity to reply), Clause 3 (Privacy) and Clause 6 (Children) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article was a comment piece regarding the legal proceedings which have been initiated against AEG Live, by the family of the late Michael Jackson. The complainant denied that, in court proceedings, "claims of Michael's sexual abuse of children" were discussed.

Resolution:

The complainant was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement by the newspaper's columnist:

I had some pretty harsh things to say about the Jackson family in my column of October 5. I said I thought their civil action against AEG, promoters of the ill-fated This Is It concerts, was all about ‘cold, hard cash' and that Michael Jackson's bones should not be picked over by vulture-like lawyers and shameless members of his family. Strong stuff that didn't go down well with the Jackson clan. Michael's nephew Taj has come back equally strongly in the family's defence. He explained that in the U.S. justice system, the only way to bring a civil suit against somebody is to do so for money. The only ‘justice' available is to seek damages. He says: ‘What we wanted to do was to expose what happened to my uncle in the last months of his life - the bullying, the slapping of my uncles, how he was thrown into a cold shower and screamed at for not doing what he was told'. It doesn't change what I feel about the case, but I'm happy to put their side .

Date Published: 13/02/2014



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