CNA Staff, Apr 8, 2020 / 16:13 pm
The High Court of Australia this week overturned Cardinal George Pell's conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse, and despite his release from prison, Pell is likely to face several civil lawsuits from alleged abuse victims and their families.
The High Court on April 7 overturned Pell's 2018 conviction for alleged abuse of two choir boys. The father of one of the alleged victims in the criminal case- who has since died- is suing the Catholic Church, claiming Pell's alleged abuse was the reason for his son's "sudden turmoil" in 1996, according to his lawyer Lisa Flynn.
"We will continue to pursue a civil claim on behalf of our client despite the High Court's ruling today. He has suffered immensely and maintains George Pell was responsible for his son's sudden downward spiral after he abused his son as a young choirboy," Flynn said April 7.
The other alleged victim, referred to in court as Witness J, will not be filing a civil suit, his lawyer told The Guardian.