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Jermaine Jackson prosecuted for sexual assault in 1988

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A woman has filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s older brother Jermaine, accusing him of sexually assaulting her in 1988.

The lawsuit against The Jackson 5 the singer was deposed California under the state’s Sexual Abuse Accountability and Cover-Up Act, which allows civil suits in sexual assault cases after the statute of limitations has expired if one or more parties are legally responsible or if there was a cover-up.

The deadline to file a complaint under the law is December 31.

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The Jackson Five: Michael, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito and Jackie. Photo: Everett/Shutterstock

Rita Butler Barrett said in the lawsuit that she knew Jackson through her husband’s relationship with Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, which represented groups such as The Jackson 5, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye.

She alleges that Jackson forced his way into her home “with force and violence and sexually assaulted her” in the spring of 1988.

Barrett’s complaint said she feared for her life during the attack and that Jackson left after the assault.

She reported the assault to Gordy the next day, but he and others worked to cover up the assault instead of reporting it, according to the complaint.

“Due to his relationships with Jackson and with (Barrett’s) family, Gordy was in a unique position to report Jackson’s actions and to assist (Barrett) during his time of trauma,” the complaint states.

“Instead, Gordy withheld and concealed the acts, thereby perpetuating the cover-up and allowing Gordy, Jackson and others involved in the business relationship to continue to reap the benefits of Jackson’s work and reputation for years to come,” the complaint states.

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Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, in 2002

Barrett filed a lawsuit, alleging sexual assault, assault and negligence, against Jackson and his companies Jermaine L Jackson Music Productions Inc. and Work Records.

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She said she still suffers from “great emotional distress,” fear, anxiety, humiliation and other physical and emotional injuries today as a result of the alleged assault.

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The Jackson Five in 1975 with Jermaine on the far right

The suit seeks to determine general damages at trial.

A similar act in New Yorkwhich allowed the filing of historical complaints until the end of November, saw prosecutions against well-known names, including Axl Rose, Jamie Foxx And Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Sky News has contacted Jermaine Jackson for comment.

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