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Douglas' son cleared of harassment charges

Kirk Douglas' youngest son was cleared of allegations that he harassed a 12-year-old girl at a psychiatric hospital in 1996.

Jurors in Norwalk, Conn., took only 16 minutes to acquit Eric Douglas of disorderly conduct Wednesday. A judge already had dismissed two felony counts of risk of injury to a minor and one disorderly conduct charge.His lawyers argued that Douglas' behavior wasn't a crime, particularly in the hospital setting.

"If you can't be rude or annoying in a mental hospital, where can you be rude or annoying?" the 38-year-old actor said after the verdict.



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