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September 27, 1989 - Zsa Zsa Gabor Storms Out During Criminal Jury Trial - Today In Crime History

On this day, September 27, in the year 1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor, on trial for slapping a police officer, stormed out of the courtroom in the middle of the prosecutor's closing argument.

In June 1989, Gabor, was accused of slapping Officer Paul Kramer during a traffic stop, having been pulled over for an expired tag on her Rolls Royce.   As the officer was attempting to cite her  for other violations, including having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and an expired license, Gabor drove off.   When the officer pursued her and pulled her over again, Gabor allegedly slapped him, although she claimed that she acted in self-defense because Kramer used excessive force in arresting her. Gabor said that her treatment by the police was "like Nazi Germany."

The prosecutor argued in his closing statement to the jury that Gabor "craves media attention.” The prosecutor told the jury that she had “abused two weeks of this process for her own self-aggrandizement."  Although her criminal defense attorney objected when the prosecutor said, "the defendant doesn't know the meaning of truth," Gabor was already crying and ran out of the courtroom in tears.  After storming out of her trial, later that day, Gabor was found guilty by the jury and the presiding Judge sentenced her to 72 hours in jail, 120 hours of community service, and $3,000 in fines and restitution.

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