Five Michael Jackson fans have been awarded one euro each by a French court for the "emotional damage" they suffered after the pop star's death. The case saw 34 fans sue Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, who was jailed in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the singer.
The court in Orleans ruled five fans had proven emotional suffering. The five claimants - two from France, two from Switzerland and one from
Belgium - were all members of the French-based Michael Jackson Community fan
Their lawyer said they had proven their suffering "with the help of witness
statements and medical certificates." "As far as I know this is the first time in the world that the notion of
emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognised," Emmanuel
"They have been subjected to ridicule and I am delighted their suffering has
been taken seriously by the law." The damages were symbolic, he added, and the claimants would not be seeking
to claim the one euro each from Conrad Murray. The five fans say they hope the ruling will help them gain access to Michael
Jackson's grave in Los Angeles, which is closed to the public.