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Judge Finds in Clint Eastwood’s Favor in Car-Ramming Case

August 6, 1991

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Dirty Harry came out clean in a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims actor Clint Eastwood intentionally, maliciously and repeatedly rammed her car with his truck after she mistakenly parked it in his space.

Stacy McLaughlin filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the star of the Dirty Harry movies, alleging he purposely rammed her Nissan Maxima with his quarter- ton pickup on Dec. 16, 1988 in the parking lot of Warner Bros. Studios.

But Municipal Court Judge Marion E. Gubler ruled in Eastwood’s favor last week and ordered McLaughlin to pay his legal costs.

Eastwood, who contended he was only trying to park his vehicle in its rightful space, paid $960 to repair the headlights and bumper of McLaughlin’s car.

She sought the additional money as punitive damages, claiming malice on Eastwood’s part.

″The judge ironically agreed that what Eastwood did was wrong and illegal, but was not egregious enough for punitive damages,″ McLaughlin’s lawyer, Gary Silverman, said Monday.

Eastwood’s attorney, Denise D. Gorges, argued in court papers that the lawsuit was motivated by greed.