Jermaine Jackson Sued For Alleged 1988 Sexual Assault

Jermaine Jackson has been accused of abusing and sexually assaulting a woman in the spring of 1988.

Rita Butler Barrett claimed in the suit that she knew Jackson through her husband Ben Barrett’s personal and business relationship with Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. Stating that in the spring of 1988, Jackson allegedly forced himself into Butler’s home, and “with force and violence sexually assaulted” her, the in the suit, adding that she “feared for her life” during the alleged assault and that she has suffered “in silence and shame for decades.”.
One day later, Barrett reported the assault to Gordy, but he did nothing to report it, the filing said. Instead, the complaint alleged, he and others worked to cover up the assault.

Barrett’s lawsuit was filed under California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, allowing civil suits in cases of sexual assault that are now beyond the statute of limitations, where “one or more entities are legally responsible for damages and the entity or their agents engaged in a ‘cover up.'”

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