Friday, July 12, 2013

Jackie Kennedy Flipped Down a Paparazzi (1969)

Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis didn’t take kindly to being hounded by photographers. After exiting a movie, Jackie walked up to New York Daily News photographer Mel Finkelstein and without warning, flipped him with a judo trick. Finkelstein, who was of average height and weight, later said he was completely caught off guard. If a celebrity did this today to a photographer, you know there would be a major lawsuit. Jackie claimed he slipped! Finkelstein did not pursue the matter in court.

The news caption photo reads:
"10/5/69 New York – New York Daily News photographer Mel Finkelstein sprawls on pavement as Mrs. Jacqueline Onassis walks pass (sic) after flipping the photographer with a judo trick upon leaving a local screening of the film “I am Curious (Yellow)” here 10/5. Finkelstein’s opinion of Mrs. Onassis afterwards was “That girl can handle herself.” Copyright 1969 by News Syndicate Co. Inc. UPI Telephoto."
(via Stuff Nobody Cares About)

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