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Zsa Zsa Gabor press conference

Zsa Zsa Gabor press conference

Sep. 29, 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is surrounded by media following her conviction of slapping a police officer.

Staff writers David Ferrell and Edmund Newton reported in the Sep. 30, 1989 Los Angeles Times:

The strange, oftentimes uproarious Zsa Zsa Gabor trial was handed over to posterity on Friday, with a jury convicting the actress of slapping a police officer, driving without a license and possessing an open container of alcohol–a flask of Jack Daniels–in her $215,000 Rolls-Royce.

But the tempestuous Hungarian was acquitted of disobeying Beverly Hills Police Officer Paul Kramer when she drove away from a routine traffic stop on June 14. Jurors found that the action–which led to a pursuit followed by an altercation and arrest–may have resulted from nothing more than miscommunication.

Gabor, wearing a bold, orange-and-black print dress, appeared excited and nervous as she arrived at Beverly Hills Municipal Court for the misdemeanor verdicts, which came after 14 hours of jury deliberation.

She gasped aloud when the first guilty verdict was read, but seemed to show no other reaction until she exited the courtroom, smiling once, with her husband, Price Frederick von Anhalt of Germany. Outside, she faced a bumping-and-shoving crowd of two dozen TV news cameras and more than 50 members of an international press corps, and she lashed out at the ruling.

“I’m disappointed. I can’t believe it,” Gabor said, moments before the premises were cleared because of a bomb threat. “I can’t believe that in a country as great as ours that a 6-foot-4 policeman can beat up a lady of 5-foot-4 and use dirty language as if she was a street walker. I think Russia can’t be worse, or communist Hungary.” …

The full text of the above quoted story is online: ‘I Can’t Believe It,’ She Says : Zsa Zsa Gabor Convicted of Slapping Police Officer.

The photo above by staff photographer Robert Durell was later published in the Nov. 2, 1992 Los Angeles Times. The image was added to the Photojournalists on the Job photo gallery.

The photo below, also by Durell, was published in the Sep. 30, 1989 Los Angeles Times.

Sep. 29, 1989: Zsa Zsa Gabor lets out a laugh during a press conference following her conviction of slapping a police officer. This photo was published in the Sep. 30, 1989 Los Angeles Times. Credit: Robert Durell/Los Angeles Times.

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