The Rock went from wrestler to actor — and now a New York choose says he’s a “journalist,” too.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — who produced an HBO documentary about troubled teenagers selecting military-style “boot camp” as a substitute of jail — qualifies as a reporter whose work is protected by journalistic privilege regarding the movie, a choose dominated in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom this week.
HBO had been subpoenaed by a former Miami-Dade County correctional officer, Christy Laster, who appeared in Johnson’s 2017 documentary, “Rock and a Exhausting Place.”
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The yr after the flick aired, Laster was charged with accepting bribes, extorting cadets and stealing valuables following an inside probe into stories of thefts, and her legal professionals mentioned in March court docket papers that outtakes from the documentary would assist show her innocence.
Her camp argued “that the involvement of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson rendered the mission a ‘movie star actuality TV present’ versus a ‘documentary’ entitled to safety,” in line with court docket papers.
However HBO refused handy over the footage, saying it was protected by the Empire State’s journalistic Protect Regulation, in line with court docket papers.
Choose Carol Edmead agreed, saying it doesn’t take a lot to be thought of a journalist in New York.
“The statute very broadly defines a ‘skilled journalist’ as anybody gathering ‘information meant for dissemination to the general public’ in some kind of skilled capability,” she wrote within the ruling.
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“Even when the mission had been extra entertainment-focused… [It] would nonetheless possible apply so long as one of many functions of the mission was disseminating information to the general public concerning the youth incarceration program.”
The choose added that the subpoena amounted to a fishing expedition.
“Respondent can not argue that any info contained in Petitioner’s outtakes is vital and essential when Respondent doesn’t know what the outtakes truly captured. Respondent can not contend that her protection ‘rises or falls’ on the premise of footage that won’t even exist,” the choose wrote.
So the footage will stay within the possession of HBO and gained’t be admitted as proof in Laster’s case, in line with court docket paperwork.
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A rep for the star didn’t instantly return a request for remark Friday.
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