A US jury has rejected a wrongful-death claim against former Motley Crue star Tommy Lee following the drowning of a boy during a children’s birthday party at his home.
The Superior Court jury in Santa Monica, California took less than three hours before returning the unanimous verdict in the case over the death of four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres at Lee’s Malibu home in 2001, according to Associated Press.
The boy’s parents, actress Ursula Karven and TV producer James Veres, sued Lee for wrongful death, accusing him of negligence for failing to have a lifeguard present during the birthday party for Lee’s son Brandon.
Lee said he did everything he could to ensure the safety of his son’s guests, including requiring that every child who attended have an adult there to supervise them.
The star’s lawyer, James Baratta, said responsibility lay with the boy’s parents, who did not accompany him to the party, and other people who were supposed to look out for Daniel.
Lee’s ex-wife Pamela Anderson has not yet commented on the ruling.