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On July 27, 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor began a three-day jail sentence for slapping a Beverly Hills motorcycle cop. The former Miss Hungary and socialite got into an altercation with the cop after he pulled her over in her $215,000 Rolls-Royce. The officer, Paul Kramer, stopped her for driving with expired registration tags. Zsa Zsa drove off in the middle of the police stop.
When Kramer pulled her over for the second time, Gabor slapped him in what became known as “the slap heard ‘round the world.” She claimed she was roughly pulled out of the car and that her slap was in self defense, an accusation Kramer denied.
A bizarre trial ensued.
“In Nazi Hungary they were fairer than here. Here they don't kill you. They kill you with words," Zsa Zsa told reporters.
She accused Kramer of having several gay lovers. She claimed that police videotapes of her were doctored to show her using vulgar language. She lashed out at the motorcycle cop repeatedly. The judge accused Zsa Zsa of using the criminal justice system to publicize herself.
In addition to three days in jail, Zsa Zsa had to pay fines and retribution, a total $12,937, perform 120 hours of community service and get a psychiatric evaluation. Zsa Zsa’s reaction? “I think Russia can't be worse, or communist Hungary.”
When she got out of jail, she told reporters that she was going to collapse in her swimming pool.
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