Jackson Browne protests TBS' JFK Jr. movie. The singer challenges the movie's insinuation that he beat Daryl Hannah

By Gary Susman
January 16, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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One viewer who wasn’t charmed by TBS Superstation’s movie ”America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story” was Jackson Browne. The singer/songwriter, who used to date ”Splash” star Daryl Hannah, objected to the movie’s insinuation that he assaulted her during their breakup, after which Kennedy came to her rescue. On Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, Browne’s attorney demanded that TBS pull the movie from circulation and not air it again until the ”false and defamatory” scenes were deleted.

In the movie, which premiered on Sunday and is scheduled to air several more times, there are two spoken references to ”Jackson” as having hit Hannah. The movie does not refer to him by his full name or show him on screen, so viewers unfamiliar with the actual events might not place Browne as the subject of the references.

As People magazine reported in 1992, Kennedy did fly to Los Angeles to be at Hannah’s side after her breakup with Browne. She reportedly sported a black eye, bruises, and a broken finger. She did not press charges, and Browne claimed he had acted in self-defense. On Thursday, Browne’s publicist issued a statement along those lines, saying, ”Mr. Browne has never assaulted Daryl Hannah. Ms. Hannah never filed a police report claiming such an assault and Mr. Browne was never arrested for or charged with such an assault.”

TBS, which is an AOL Time Warner outlet (as is EW.com), issued a statement in response, saying, ”Superstation, Inc. acknowledges receipt of a letter on Jackson Browne’s behalf. Fox Television Studios, Inc., the producer of the movie, assures us that it stands by the accuracy of the movie.”

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