Jury: Tommy Lee Not Liable in Drowning
A Los Angeles jury has rejected a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against rocker Tommy Lee by the parents of a 4-year-old child who drowned at his Malibu home during his son’s June 2001 birthday party, according to published reports.
The jury of nine women and three men met for less than three hours Thursday before returning a unanimous verdict, clearing the former Motley Crue drummer of any negligence in the death of Daniel Karven-Veres, Los Angeles station KNBC-TV reports.
The child’s parents, actress Ursula Karven-Veres and producer James Veres, sued Lee for $10 million, claiming he should have been supervising the pool during a birthday party for his son Brandon, now 6. (He shares custody of Brandon and son Dylan, 5, with ex-wife Pamela Anderson.)
Daniel Veres was reportedly unconscious in 4 feet of water when he was pulled from the pool. The couple testified that Lee should have had a lifeguard or someone available to perform CPR at the party.
Karven-Veres also testified that her son was afraid of the water, and that she did not know there would be swimming.
Meanwhile, Lee, 40, testified that every child at the party was the responsibility of his or her parent or guardian, and that every child there was with one. His lawyers claimed that the boy’s nanny, a German exchange student, was responsible for looking after Daniel but that the nanny left the boy there and went to a concert.