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Comment: This was e-mailed to me by a friend who is upset Million Dollar
Baby won the Oscar. Is it true?

In 1997 Clint Eastwood was sued by a woman in a wheelchair with multiple
sclerosis. Diane zum Brunnen alleged that a hotel he owned in Carmel,
California, didn't meet state and federal access standards for the
disabled. A jury found Eastwood guilty of minor violations but refused to
award zum Brunnen damages, and afterward Eastwood crusaded for a change in
the Americans With Disabilities Act. He argued before Congress that
business owners accused of violations deserved 90 days to bring their
businesses into compliance before they could be sued. Disability rights
groups maintained that this leeway would gut the act.

Now Not Dead Yet and allied groups read a very specific message into
Million Dollar Baby. "Clint Eastwood is remembered by many for his
national attack on the Americans With Disabilities Act," said Marcie Roth,
head of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in a statement
released by the group. "I'm saddened but not surprised that he uses the
powerful vehicle of film to perpetuate his view that the lives of persons
with significant disabilities are not worth living."

The Not Dead Yet flyer declared, "People who actually know something about
Eastwood and about disability see this movie for what it is. It's
Eastwood's revenge and we will not sit by silently while ignorant
reviewers further Eastwood's career on our collective backs."

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In a nutshell, it is exactly as I remember it. He got sued, and she won - but won nothing but the judgement.

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That last paragraph contains a rather painfull pun...

Anyhew, I can see Eastwoods point in his appeal to congress though.

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