Vietnam vet spits in Jane Fonda's face
Man waits 90 minutes in line, calls her a ‘traitor’
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Jane Fonda signs a copy of her autobiography for her editor, Kate Medina, center, during a book signing earlier this month in New York. She recently said she regretted some of her antiwar activities, but many veterans haven't forgiven her.
Updated: 3:48 p.m. ET April 20, 2005
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man who said he was a Vietnam veteran spat tobacco juice in Jane Fonda’s face at a Kansas City book signing, police said Wednesday.
The man, 54-year-old Michael Smith, waited in line for about 90 minutes before spitting a “large amount” of tobacco juice into Fonda’s face, according to Kansas City police.
Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
The 67-year-old Oscar-winning actress was in town as part of a book-signing tour for her newly released autobiography titled “My Life So Far.”
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Michael Smith, who spat in Fonda's face, is seen in this photo released by the Kansas City, Mo. police
In the book, she addresses her position as a polarizing figure for many Vietnam veterans and others who were outraged when Fonda made a highly publicized trip to Hanoi to oppose the Vietnam war in 1972.
During that trip she was photographed laughing as she sat on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft tank.
In an interview with the Kansas City Star, Smith said Fonda was a “traitor” who had been spitting in the faces of war veterans for years.
“There are a lot of veterans who would love to do what I did,” the Star quoted Smith as saying.
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