Johnstone sues CBS, NBC, UPI

Sports announcer and former major league baseball player Jay Johnstone has sued CBS, NBC and United Press Intl. for allegedly misreporting the facts of a court appearance in January 1992.

According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Johnstone appeared in Alhambra Municipal Court on Jan. 27 last year to plead guilty to one count of simple battery.

The suit alleges that the two networks and UPI erroneously reported that Johnstone was given probation on a charge of shoplifting.

The CBS report also included a statement that getting into trouble for shoplifting is a sign of “deeper problems” for celebrities, the suit said. NBC and UPI allegedly said Johnstone pleaded guilty to a shoplifting charge.

The suit seeks at least $ 100,000 in damages.

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