Judge Bans Release Of Coleman's Disorderly Conduct Deposition
Pint-sized actor GARY COLEMAN has won his bid to prevent the release of the videotaped testimony in which he pleaded no contest to charges of reckless driving and disorderly conduct.
The former Diff'rent Strokes star was in court in December (08) to face charges stemming from the incident, which took place earlier in 2008. He pleaded no contest to the charges and was ordered to pay a $100 (£70) fine.
The charges stem from an altercation at a bowling alley when Coleman allegedly struck 24-year-old fan Colt Rushton with his car after he took photos of the star and his wife Shannon Price.
Rushton was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He filed a lawsuit against Coleman for damages just two weeks after the incident.
A Utah judge ruled on Tuesday (17Feb09) that Coleman's deposition from the case should not be released for public viewing until the personal-injury lawsuit is settled, after the actor's lawyers insisted the tape could prevent a fair trial.
Judge Samuel MCVey told the court, "I do not want to come in here and have the whole jury challenged off."