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A Lawsuit Filed Against Jacko Has Been Thrown Out

April 18, 2006 (8:29 am) GMT
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against Michael Jackson by a man who claimed that the pop star molested him more than 20 years ago

A lawsuit brought by Joseph Bartucci Jr., who claimed he was molested by pop superstar more than 20 years ago, has been thrown out. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon dismissed the suit filed by Joseph, in which he claimed to be lured into Jackson's limousine during the 1984 world's fair in New Orleans and held for nine days, during which he was both sexually and physically assaulted.

"We're pleased with the results," Jackson spokesman Brian Oxman said Monday. "It's time to get on to new and better things." On the other hand, Bartucci's lawyer, Louis Koerner said "I'm basically shocked". What a quite different response.

The judge's order, dated Thursday and posted Monday on the court Web site, didn't mention reasons for the dismissal.

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