Jermaine Jackson has been accused of sexual assault in a new lawsuit filed by a woman, reports say.
In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Rita Butler Barrett alleges she is a survivor of sexual abuse, sexual battery, sexual assault, harassment and rape by Jackson in or around the Spring of 1988.
“Defendant Jackson forced himself into Plaintiff’s home, and with force and violence sexually assaulted Plaintiff,” says a copy of the court document obtained by multiple news outlets. “During the assault, Plaintiff, a woman of faith prayed to God for help. During the assault, Plaintiff feared for her life. After the assault and when Defendant Jackson was satiated, he left the residence.”
Besides Jackson, Jermaine L. Jackson Music Productions, Inc. and Work Records, Inc. have also been listed as co-defendants in the suit.
Barrett claims to have met the late Michael Jackson‘s brother through her work as a music contractor, as well as through Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.
She says she reported the incident to Gordy, adding that he “withheld and concealed the acts.”
Jackson had been married to Gordy’s daughter, Hazel Gordy, and divorced her in 1988.
The 69-year-old singer, songwriter and bassist is best known for being a member of the music group The Jackson 5, which also featured his younger brother, Michael.
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