Pop superstar Michael Jackson won a slander lawsuit yesterday
against a freelance writer who claimed that he had a videotape of Jackson
having sex with a teen-age boy, the Associated Press reports.
According to the report, Jackson filed suit against Victor Gutierrez in
1995 after Gutierrez told "Hard Copy" reporter Diane Dimond that he had a
videotape of the King of Pop having sex with a 13-year-old boy; a charge
that Dimond repeated on KABC-AM. "Jurors told us that they not only
wanted to compensate Mr. Jackson and punish Victor Gutierrez," the
Associated Press quotes Jackson's lawyer Zia Modabber as saying,
"but to send a message that they are tired of tabloids lying about
celebrities for money."