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PostSubject: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:17 pm

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9483897

Battery Charge Dismissed Against Gerard Butler

LOS ANGELES January 5, 2010 (AP) The Associated Press

(AP)A judge has dropped a misdemeanor battery charge against Gerard Butler.

Superior Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn says the charge was dismissed at a hearing Tuesday after the actor completed community service.

Butler could have faced up to six months in jail if convicted. His attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment.

City prosecutors say the Scottish-born star of "300" had a run-in with a photographer on Oct. 7 after leaving a premiere party for the film "RocknRolla."

His manager has said Butler was forced to have his driver stop the car after the photographer sped through red lights and almost struck two pedestrians.

City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan (Mah-tel-JAN') says prosecutors are "satisfied" with the outcome.
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PostSubject: Battery Charge Dismissed Against Gerard Butler   Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:02 pm

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9483897

Battery Charge Dismissed Against Gerard Butler

A judge has dropped a misdemeanor battery charge against Gerard Butler.

Superior Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn says the charge was dismissed at a hearing Tuesday after the actor completed community service.

Butler could have faced up to six months in jail if convicted. His attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment.

City prosecutors say the Scottish-born star of "300" had a run-in with a photographer on Oct. 7 after leaving a premiere party for the film "RocknRolla."

His manager has said Butler was forced to have his driver stop the car after the photographer sped through red lights and almost struck two pedestrians.

City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan (Mah-tel-JAN') says prosecutors are "satisfied" with the outcome.

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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:07 pm

I wonder if the Giant Steps of 9/11 Walk was part of the community service?

For those that are wondering, it appears that Butler entered either a "no contest" or "guilty" plea at his earlier hearing and was given community service and probable probation. Upon completing the requisite community service (and possible probation) the charges were dropped. (He could still be in his probation period and may have to keep his nose clean for a period of years as well.) All of that is standard for a deal between a D.A. and someone accused of a misdemeanor with no prior record. It is usually done as part of a plea bargain and to prevent a trial.

All of this is my legal guess based on the fact that community service was mentioned in the article.


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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:12 pm

It's made TMZ:

http://www.tmz.com/2010/01/05/gerard-butler-assault-charges-dropped/

Gerard Butler Gets Off for Pap Scuffle
Posted Jan 5th 2010 3:25PM by TMZ Staff

Gerard Butler is in the clear over that whole dust-up he had with a photog back in 2008.

A judge dismissed a misdemeanor battery charge today. Butler got into it with a pap after a premiere party in October 2008. Butler had claimed the photog had followed him around all night.

He could have gotten six months in jail if convicted.
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:24 pm

Thanks, Dallas. I wanted your opinion on the article.

I have no complaint with this outcome but will be curious as to how far the ripples from this tiny article travel. A verbal slap and some community time seems appropriate but I hope the original issue is not forgotten and was behind some hard conversations in Butler camp.

In hindsight, the Giant Steps did seem out of the ordinary.
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:10 pm

Well according to MSNBC the dismissal is dependant on community service to come. If that is the case, then my above analysis is the same with but with pending community service. This is typical and what most expected.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34711273/ns/entertainment-celebrities/

Battery charge dismissed against Gerard Butler
Actor must complete community service for run-in with photographer

updated 2:22 p.m. CT, Tues., Jan. 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES - A judge has dropped a misdemeanor battery charge against Gerard Butler.

Superior Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn says the charge was dismissed after a hearing Tuesday, with the move dependent on the actor completing community service.

Butler could have faced up to six months in jail if convicted.
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:35 pm

I hope the "Win a Date with Gerry" isn't the community service. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:21 pm

A twist on the first post! 50 hours is only two days of hard labour ....

But the case was dismissed 'pursuant to a civil compromise' that included Butler completing 50 hours of community service, the LA City Attorney’s Office confirmed.

The charge was filed last May over the alleged confrontation in October 2008.


http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1523481.php/Gerard-Butler-battery-charge-dismissed#ixzz0bnaGfrSy
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:43 pm

Nay wrote:
A twist on the first post! 50 hours is only two days of hard labour ....

Huh?

I am dense, but 50 hours equals 6 (8 hour) work days plus an additional 2 hours. Or a REALLY long date for charity. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:07 am

I was calculating 24 hours in a day ... of course Senor Butler wouldn't work for 24 hours straight ... Why do I even care? Rolling Eyes

Homie! People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones! Do you realise I posted your first post (ABC news) a full 2 hours before you???
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:02 am

A spokesman for the L.A. City Attorney's Office gives different details in this article below:


http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b160560_Law_Abiding_Citizen_Gerard_Butler_Settles_Suit.html

Law-Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler Settles Suit

Gerard Butler just RocknRollad his way right out of a lawsuit.

The sometimes-studly Scot settled a misdemeanor battery charge out of court, stemming from a 2008 dustup with a paparazzo after the premiere of the aptly-titled Guy Ritchie flick.

Butler's much-delayed case finally made it to a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, but the actor and alleged victim had already reached an undisclosed agreement.

Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the L.A. City Attorney's Office tells E! News: "The matter was resolved today with a dismissal as a result of a civil compromise–the defendant settled with the victim, and also completed 50 hours of community service, which we required. Everything has concluded."

—Reporting by Ashley Fultz
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:58 am

Dallas wrote:
The sometimes-studly Scot ...

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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:54 am

I'm sure they're thinking about TUT.
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:21 am

Or the other TUT - The Ugly Trunks (and newly revealed body).

Guess that's also the ugly truth. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:59 am

The Ugly Trunks!

That's exactly why we keep you around, Tex.

Well ... that and you're good looking.
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PostSubject: Re: UPDATE: Battery Charge Dismissed   Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:16 pm

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The Ugly Trunks!

That's exactly why we keep you around, Tex.

Well ... that and you're good looking.

Yes, I am "really, really, ridiculously good looking!"

- said with Blue Steel pose.
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