Missouri Man Spits on Jane Fonda

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 109K+Poster

    Missouri Man Spits on Jane Fonda
    Published April 21, 2005 Associated Press
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man spit tobacco juice into the face of actress Jane Fonda (search) after waiting in line to have her sign her new book, police said.

    The man ran off but was quickly caught by police Tuesday night and charged with disorderly conduct.

    Fonda has been on tour and doing interviews to promote her just-published memoir, "My Life So Far." (search) The thrice-married, two-time Academy Award winner covers a wide array of topics, including her 1972 visit to Hanoi to protest the Vietnam War, during which she was photographed on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. She has apologized for that photo, but not for opposing the war.

    Capt. Rich Lockhart of the Kansas City Police Department said that although Fonda did not want to press charges against Michael A. Smith, 54, of Kansas City, he was arrested on a municipal charge of disorderly conduct after off-duty officers caught him just outside Unity Temple, where Fonda was signing books.

    Lockhart said Smith was released on bond late Tuesday night and is due to appear in municipal court on May 27.

    Smith, a Vietnam veteran, told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that Fonda was a "traitor" and that her protests against the war were unforgivable. He said he normally does not chew tobacco but did so Tuesday solely to spit juice on the actress.

    "I consider it a debt of honor," he told The Star for a story on its Web site, www.kansascity.com. "She spit in our faces for 37 years. It was absolutely worth it. There are a lot of veterans who would love to do what I did."

    Fonda drew a crowd of about 900 for her appearance, said Vivian Jennings, whose Rainy Day Books of suburban Fairway, Kan., sponsored the event at Unity Temple in Kansas City. Fonda, 67, spoke for about 15 minutes, answered questions for another 15, then began signing copies of her book.

    Jennings said Fonda received a standing ovation when she came out and when she finished speaking. Alan Tilson, one of those who had his book signed but left before the incident, said the crowd was very "warm and supportive" to Fonda and he was surprised to learn what had happened.

    Jennings said the actress never got up from her seat and continued autographing books after the tobacco juice was wiped off.

    "The important thing is that she was so calm and so gracious about it," Jennings said of Fonda. "She was wonderful."

    Jennings said that the man had a book to which the name "Jody" had been affixed as he approached to have it autographed. She said that when Fonda got the book, she looked up and said, "You're not Jody."

    "At that moment, he turned his head quickly and spit a trail of tobacco juice," Jennings said. "He immediately jumped off the stage and started running down the aisle."

    Jynne Martin of Random House, Fonda's publisher, said the actress was flying to Minneapolis Wednesday for another appearance on the book tour she began April 5 and expected to have a statement later.

    Missouri Man Spits on Jane Fonda

  2. HistoryHound

    HistoryHound Supporting Member

    As vile and disgusting as I think spitting on someone is (worse with tobacco), I can't help but think it wouldn't be funny if it happened to a nicer person.
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  3. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    Either they got his age wrong or he ain't no Vietnam Veteran. I'm three years older than him (according to the story) and was FIFTEEN when helicopters were pulling people off the Embassy roof. Though, he could be another Audie Murphy!

    If he's not a Veteran, Screw him. I agree with his anger, but that WAS disgusting and he could have shown displeasure in a more civilized and classy way. To be as offensive as she is, doesn't make your argument stronger and passing yourself off as a Vietnam Vet if you aren't one is even more disgraceful.


    If the age is wrong and he IS a VET, well, I agree with HH 100% but add, prosecute then CWOF. He would have earned the right to be angry (but still could have shown it another way.)
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  4. mtc

    mtc High Priestess Staff Member

    The article is from 2005 Kilvy....
  5. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 109K+Poster

    This has popped up on FB a few times in the last few weeks, even though it is from 2005 I thought any Nam Vets like myself would enjoy reading it.

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