A black man accused by police of stealing more than $200,000 of clothing from a store in Los Angeles has filed a civil lawsuit claiming he was “disgusted” by the media coverage.
Michael Jackson, 62, has accused his accuser of falsely reporting that he was a convicted felon and was working at the store when he entered, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.
The lawsuit alleges that Jackson, who has lived in the neighborhood since the 1980s, has been living in fear of his safety ever since.
In October, Jackson was arrested for a second time in connection with the incident.
He was later charged with three counts of burglary and one count of assault for allegedly breaking into a jewelry store, stealing $20,000 worth of jewelry and assaulting a security guard.
Jackson was arrested in August, and his bail was set at $1 million.
The alleged crime was also reported to the police.
A representative for Jackson could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.