Geraldo Nose Broken By Chair
January 9, 2012 by staff
Geraldo Nose Broken By Chair, November 04, 1988 – Geraldo Rivera’s nose was broken and his face cut during a skirmish yesterday midway through the taping of a program entitled ”Teen Hatemongers” on his television talk show.
The violence broke out after John Metzger, a 20-year-old guest representing the White Aryan Resistance Youth, insulted a black guest, Roy Innis, calling him an ”Uncle Tom.”
”I’m sick and tired of Uncle Tom here, sucking up and trying to be a white man,” Mr. Metzger said of Mr. Innis, the national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality. Mr. Innis stood up and began choking the white youth and Mr. Rivera and audience members joined the scuffle, hurling chairs, throwing punches and shouting epithets. ‘Racist Thugs Are Like Roaches’
No other injuries were reported and no one was arrested, the police said.
”These racist thugs are like roaches who scurry in the light of exposure,” Mr. Rivera said after the brawl. As Mr. Rivera scuffled with one of the white supremacists, another hit him in the shoulder with a chair and then smashed his nose with a roundhouse punch from behind.
Mr. Rivera, who used to be an amateur boxer, decided not to go to the hospital because he had two more shows to tape. Emergency Medical Services paramedics pronounced his nose broken, the show’s executive producer said.
Mr. Rivera said he would not press charges. ”I do not want to be tied up with the roaches,” he explained.
He said he approved of Mr. Innis’ actions, noting that ”if there ever was a case of deserved violence, this was it.” Innis Scuffled on Air Before
Mr. Innis was also involved in an on-air shoving match on ”The Morton Downey Jr. Show” several months ago. On that show, the focus of which was the Tawana Brawley case, Mr. Innis pushed the Rev. Al Sharpton back into his chair, which toppled, spilling Mr. Sharpton on the floor.
Other guests on ”Geraldo” yesterday included Bob Heick, director of the American Front, and Michael Palasch, director of the Skinheads of National Resistance. They and Mr. Metzger were thrown out of the building by security guards after the fracas.
Mr. Innis, 54, said later, ”I was just trying to cool things down quickly and end the verbal assault against me. I wanted to avoid a Sharpton-like confrontation.”
The program is scheduled for broadcast later this month.
Coincidentally, the taped broadcast of ”Geraldo” shown yesterday featured female professional boxers. On the show, Mr. Rivera sparred with one of the women, who knocked him down.
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