BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Zsa Zsa Gabor, on trial on charges she slapped a Beverly Hills policeman, said Wednesday she is frightened by the prospect of going to jail because ''I'm afraid of lesbians.''

''Everybody's afraid of going to jail. Who isn't?'' Miss Gabor said.

The Hungarian-born star of such films as ''Picture Mommy Dead'' and ''Queen of Outer Space'' was in court for the third day of jury selection in her trial on police-slapping and traffic charges. If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail and a $4,000 fine.

A jury was sworn in late Wednesday afternoon, and Miss Gabor described the panel as ''very charming people.'' The jury of her peers included a bank clerk, a lawyer and the ex-housekeeper/cook for actress Jaclyn Smith.

''I don't know whether they like me, but I like them,'' the actress said.

Defense lawyer William Graysen said he expected opening statements Thursday.

Miss Gabor's temper flared when she stepped into a courthouse hallway to speak with reporters and a female television reporter who apparently somehow offended the actress earlier this week placed a microphone near her face.

''Get that out of my face 3/8'' Miss Gabor snapped. Then she asked, ''Why should the pretty woman be so rude to me?''

Miss Gabor, who wore Donna Karan creations earlier in the week, was clad Wednesday in an off-the-rack suit with black-and-white stripes.

''Sak's mail order - and I love it,'' she said.

Miss Gabor was arrested June 14 after a policeman stopped her for having expired registration tags on her $215,000 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible. While the officer was checking for other infractions, Miss Gabor allegedly drove away, only to be caught again two blocks away. At that point she allegedly slapped the officer.

The former beauty queen maintains she was verbally and physically abused by the officer, who she says has a history of harassing celebrities.

She pleaded innocent July 12 to charges of misdemeanor battery on a police officer, disobeying a police officer's orders, driving with an expired license, having an open bottle of liquor in her car and having an expired car registration.

Despite a court-imposed gag order, Miss Gabor speculated on why the public is interested in her case.

''Nobody wants a woman to be battered,'' she said. ''A 6-foot-6 man cannot beat up a 5-foot-4 woman. I am really here for one reason: to be sure you guys have no right to beat up a girl.''

She said her eighth and current husband, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, Germany's Duke of Saxony, was ''brooding'' because of news reports revealing he took naps during court sessions. The prince wore dark glasses in court Wednesday.

Among courthouse spectators was Margaret Holloway of Los Angeles, who displayed photographs of herself in a Zsa Zsa lookalike contest. When told about Ms. Holloway, Miss Gabor looked across the courthouse hallway and said, ''She's beautiful, but she weighs so much.''

Miss Gabor has been extremely secretive about her age, but court documents reveal she is 66.