Bo Jackson has emerged victorious in a lawsuit, as an Atlanta-area court has awarded the former NFL star a significant $21 million payment following a civil suit against his own niece and nephew for extortion, as reported by AL.com.
In April, Jackson took legal action against Thomas Lee Anderson and Erica M. Anderson, accusing them of “relentless harassment and intimidation.” The lawsuit revealed that the Andersons, residing in Cobb County and Texas respectively, attempted to extort $20 million from Jackson to prevent the disclosure of information that could tarnish his reputation and cause emotional distress.
Jackson’s legal team, based in Marietta, Ga., detailed the Andersons’ alleged extortion attempts, leading to the civil suit. Additionally, Jackson sought a protective order against his family, which was granted by the court. The protective order prohibits the Andersons from contacting Jackson or his immediate family, mandates a 500-yard distance from the Jacksons, and restricts them from posting about Jackson on social media, requiring the removal of all related content.
In the ruling announced earlier this week by Cobb County judge Jason Marbutt, Jackson was awarded over $1 million in compensatory damages, with an additional $20 million granted as punitive damages, aiming to offset attorneys’ fees.
Marbutt’s decision highlighted the defendants’ actions as malicious, displaying indifference to the consequences and a deliberate intent to harm Jackson.
Bo Jackson’s legal triumph underscores his determination to uphold his reputation and protect his family from unwarranted harm and harassment.