Film star Jane Fonda, a leading civil rights activist in the United States, was arrested yesterday ( Tuesday ) on drug and assault charges after flying into Cleveland, Ohio, from Canada.
SV police walking toward Jane Fonda
SV policeman handcuffs Fonda and leads her away
CU Fonda speaking:
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: MISS FONDA: "I am not a smuggler. I had in my possession small amount of prescribed medicine. This is what they call smuggling. After about two-and-a-half-hours, I had to go to the bathroom. I was not allowed as I said to even stand up. I was forced to sit down - forcibly to sit down. I was not allowed to call a lawyer. So I went out to make a phone call in a pay phone and to go to the bathroom. My way was blocked by...What's his name?"
MAN: "Mattewska or something like that."
FONDA: "Something like that. (He) blocked my way to the bathroom and starting arguing with me, telling me that I couldn't go. And so I pushed him to try to get into the bathroom.".
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Background: Film star Jane Fonda, a leading civil rights activist in the United States, was arrested yesterday ( Tuesday ) on drug and assault charges after flying into Cleveland, Ohio, from Canada. Released after spending 10 hours in jail, Miss Fonda denied the charges levelled against her.
She was first arrested after the customs had found 105 vials of drugs in her baggage. They were later identified as drugs used for dieting and as tranquilliser. Miss Fonda was also charged with assault after a scuffle with a custom officer.
Released on a personal bond of 5,000 dollars ( over 2,000 sterling), she was at once re-arrested and accused of assaulting a police officer. Miss Fonda said she had pushed a policeman, but she denied outright the drugs charges.