Brigitte Bardot convicted in race case
Staunch animal rights activist and former actress Brigitte Bardot has been convicted of provoking discrimination and racial hatred by a French court Tuesday.
The charges stem from a letter Bardot wrote, which was published in her animal welfare foundation's quarterly journal, in which she decried the celebration of the Muslim feast of Aid el-Kebir, in which sheep are slaughtered.
In the letter, Bardot stated that France is "tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts."
While the judge did dismiss the prosecution's request to jail the 73-year-old for two months, he did impose a $23,000 fine and demand Bardot pay $1555 to a French anti-racism group.
This is Bardot's fifth race-related conviction in the last 11 years.
Bardot's lawyer said he will discuss an appeal with his client.
"She has the impression that people want to silence her," her attorney said. "She will not be silenced in her defense of animal rights."
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