A look back at the highlights of the Rick Springfield butt-injury trial
Rick Springfield Butt-Injury Trial in Syracuse Actor/singer Rick Springfield is questioned on the stand today in Judge Anthony Paris' court by his attorney John Pfeifer and the attorney for plantiff Vicki Calcagno, Kenneth Goldblatt in the butt-injury lawsuit trial. Video by David Lassman | firstname.lastname@example.org
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With a "not negligent" verdict Friday afternoon in the lawsuit against singer Rick Springfield, a trial seven years in the making is over. It took jurors just 61 minutes to deliver a verdict after three days of testimony. The lawsuit itself dates back to 2007 and has gone to trial twice in Syracuse. The trial has garnered interest in Syracuse and around the world. Media outlets from Billboard to the Associated Press have taken note of the story. After all, it has been full of drama and lends itself to a headline: Rick Springfield Sued Over Buttocks. And while the case was exhausting for all parties involved, it generated a handful of comic relief (and some toilet humor). Here are some of the highlights from the trial:
#RickSpringfieldsAss The hashtag popped up on social media after a photo surfaced of the rocker's rear end. The photo was entered as evidence in the trial and quickly became the butt of many jokes on social media. Springfield's attorney John Pfeifer referred to it as the "infamous butt photo."
Mr. Heartthrob While questioning Springfield, prosecuting attorney Kenneth Goldblatt referred to Springfield as a heartthrob. Springfield, under oath, confirmed that, yes, he is (or was) a heartthrob. "I think we can establish that," he said, smiling
. Rick Springfield explains a crotch grab In response to a line of questioning about how women (and men) touch him during a concert, Springfield got clinical. "There's a pat," he said matter-of-factly. "There's a kiss on the cheek. There's a rub of my hair. There's a pat on my back. There's a pull on my arm. There's a pinch of my butt. Sometimes they grab my crotch." (see the video above)
A "hard object in his butt region" When questioned about what exactly struck her at the concert, the plaintiff on Thursday said it might not have been Springfield's butt. More likely, it was a "hard object in his butt region." "Not." With one word, the singer/actor summed up the trial's result on his Facebook page. Within two hours, it received nearly 2,000 likes.
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