Comments of the Week: Village Voice T-Shirt Giveaway, Round Two!
And we're back. Once again we're offering a snazzy Village Voice t-shirt to some of our notable commenters. This week, we even had a local celebrity weigh in. If your comment was picked, email web editor Francesca Stabile to claim your prize.
On "Marcella Caprario Let Off the Hook in Trader Joe's Thai Food Slapping Trial" we got a comment from guess who? Marcella herself (or at least that's what was claimed; remember to never trust the internet). She wrote:
Look, I'm certainly not proud of slapping someone and this is certainly not the moment that encapsulates who I am. I'm not going to waste a lot of time defending my character against people who don't know me and clearly believe everything they read in the paper. Just know that the press made a decision to report this from this angle and many things have been stated and even directly quoted in the written press that are simply not true. I don't think I'll ever give a newspaper story credence again. Even the above article is full of factual inaccuracies and presents the story only from what Dr. London said happened. I don't know why they choose to present her version as truth, but I can't do anything about that.
That aside, I was found not guilty because my actions do not fit the legal definition of the crimes. My intent was not to cause physical injury or to annoy or harass Dr. London. She did not "take a defensive stance." It was much more aggressive than that. She aggressively moved right up to me when I was attempting to leave to end this ridiculous argument. After telling her to leave me alone and get away from me repeatedly including shouting it after she wouldn't leave and I started to feel more and more alarmed, I slapped her one time with the open palm of my non-dominant hand when she stepped toward me again. I don't just mean stepping in my direction; her face was as close to mine as physically possible without actually touching.
I'm sure some people who handle stress differently might have just stood there or might have felt comfortable finding a way to back away from this woman, while other people who are more aggressive than I might have punched her or used an object as a weapon. I never would have thought I would ever slap anyone, but until you find yourself in this kind of rapidly escalating situation (which I hope you don't), you really can't know what you would do. This should never have even gone to court. I was not willing to plead to something I was not guilty of and the DA insisted on trying the case. In response to your comment about my lawyer, Mark Bederow, this man did an excellent and thorough job defending me and was outraged from a legal standpoint that the case went to trial.Interestingly, according to unsolicited comments from people who know her, Dr. London has a history of being banned from stores and message boards for her aggressive, argumentative, over-the-top behavior.
- Marcella Caprario"
On "Go the F**k to Sleep, Read by Samuel L. Jackson, Is Kind of Perfection" RO made us giggle on top of the giggles already induced by Sam himself by writing: "Jesus tapdancing Christ, this combo is a match made in heaven."
On "Metro-North Conductor Screeched At By 'Well-Educated' Woman" we got this sage and pithy comment from Rachel Toyoko Koike: "Well-educated in what? Acting like a complete moron?.... "
Most Well-Intentioned (...We Guess)
On "New Yorkers Don't Spend Enough On Dates; Reddit Responds" amonhorizan spoke sort of nobly and sort of naively in favor of dates: "It is not good that New Yorkers do not spend more on their dates. We know that date is an amazing experience of your life. You should spend more money on your date."
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