In 1975, the stars jumped on the Carter bandwagon
in droves, as shown in the movie "The Hurricane." But
in 1976 they quickly jumped off the bandwagon after a
top Carter supporter accused Carter of beating her in a motel
room, This is the part the movie completely ignores.
Months after the Kelley beating, Carter went on trial, but not
one of his celebrity "supporters" showed up. In fact,
as this article reports, he had very few supporters left at all.
Before the 1976 trial, Carter claimed that he would "inundate"
the courtroom with celebrities. When none showed up, he claimed
he had asked them to stay away so as not to distract the jury!)
Read this 1976 article.
Hurricane Carter: The
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