As she ordered convicted paedophile Michael Jackson to serve at least seven years before being eligible to apply for parole, Judge Martin Walsh described his kidnapping of a 10-year-old boy as "the stuff of every parent's nightmare".
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The entertainer, 65, brought the legal action against Essex police over a wrongful arrest which he says destroyed his career.
The Holby City star, who had been visiting Barcelona, detailed the events of the attack on Twitter as they unfolded.
Searches are continuing for victims, with around 600 people still missing and 3,000 left homeless after the disaster.