September 27

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Crime

Sep 27, 1989:

Zsa Zsa Gabor storms out of the courtroom

Zsa Zsa Gabor, on trial for slapping a police officer, storms out of the courtroom in the middle of the district attorney's closing argument. The prosecutor told the jury that Gabor "craves media attention . . . and abused two weeks of this process for her own self-aggrandizement." Although her attorney objected when the prosecutor said, "the defendant doesn't know the meaning of truth," Gabor was already running out in tears.

Gabor, was accused of slapping Officer Paul Kramer during a June 14 traffic stop. She had been pulled over for expired tags on her Rolls Royce. As Kramer checked for other violations, including having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and an expired license, Gabor drove off. When the officer chased her down and pulled her over again, Gabor slapped him, although she claimed that she had only acted in self-defense because Kramer used excessive force in arresting her. She said that her treatment by the police was "like Nazi Germany."

During the trial, Gabor violated a court-imposed gag order by calling prosecution witness Amir Eslaminia, "a little punk with a hairdo like a girl." In a bizarre attempt to make amends with the witness, she told him that she spoke Turkish, to which the young man replied, "So? I'm from Iran." Gabor replied, "Well, that's close."

Later that day, Gabor was convicted and sentenced to 72 hours in jail, 120 hours of community service, and $13,000 in fines and restitution.

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