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Wednesday, August 19, 1998 Published at 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK


Fawcett's ex-boyfriend found guilty of assault

Farrah Fawcett: "relieved" at ex-boyfriend's conviction

Actress Farrah Fawcett's ex-boyfriend has been found guilty of assaulting her outside his Los Angeles home.

Producer and director James Orr, 44, could face up to a year in prison and a $6,000 fine after a jury decided he had beaten 52-year-old Ms Fawcett's head against his driveway because she attacked his car with a baseball bat.

But the jury at Los Angeles Superior Court accquitted him of a second battery charge stemming from a fight the couple had in August 1997.

Ms Fawcett said she suffered cuts and bruises when Orr slammed her head onto his driveway during a row. She admitted smashing his windows and car with a baseball bat.

The former Charlie's Angels star was not in court to hear the verdicts, but prosecutors said they told her of the outcome by telephone and she was relieved to hear the news.

"It's a proper verdict"

"There's a lot of relief," said deputy city attorney Del San Juan. "I think a burden has been lifted off her now a verdict has come in and it's the proper verdict."

Orr refused to comment as he left court, but his attorney, Donald Wager, said he would file an appeal.

"I think what the jury did was find that although he had a right to use force, that some force he used was in excess of the force he was allowed to use in restraining her from damaging his property," Wager said.

Orr, who co-wrote Three Men And a Baby and produced Father Of The Bride, will be sentenced on October 6.

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