Jackson Browne wins apology from JFK Jr. filmmakers. Producers will cut from future airings scenes that suggested the rocker beat then-girlfriend Daryl Hannah

By Gary Susman
Updated July 18, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
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It took six months, but Jackson Browne finally received an apology from the producers of ”America’s Prince: The JFK Jr. Story.” When the made-for-TV biopic premiered on TBS in January, the rocker objected to scenes and dialogue that implied he had beaten then-girlfriend Daryl Hannah, who then dated John F. Kennedy Jr. Now, Billboard reports, the producers have agreed to cut the offending footage from future airings and append a title card apologizing to Browne.

Browne was not depicted as a character in the movie, but there were two spoken references to ”Jackson” as having struck the ”Splash” actress, references viewers unfamiliar with the real-life events might not have linked with the ”Somebody’s Baby” singer. In 1992, according to People magazine, Kennedy flew to Los Angeles to be at Hannah’s side after her breakup with Browne. She reportedly had a black eye, bruises, and a broken finger. She never pressed charges, and Browne claimed he had acted in self-defense.

At the time of the movie’s debut, TBS issued a statement saying, ”Fox Television Studios, Inc., the producer of the movie, assures us that it stands by the accuracy of the movie.” Now, however, Fox Television will add to the beginning of the movie a disclaimer that reads, ”In a previous version of this program, we incorrectly reported an alleged incident involving singer Jackson Browne and actress Daryl Hannah. Mr. Browne has always denied that such an incident occurred, and local authorities have reported to the media that based upon their investigation, the incident previously reported in our program did not occur. We have deleted that material from our program, and we apologize to Mr. Browne for its inclusion.”

”I never assaulted Daryl Hannah, and this fact was confirmed by the investigation conducted at the time by the Santa Monica Police Department,” Browne said this week in a statement. ”I am gratified that Fox has agreed to take these steps.”

Browne wrested a similar concession from Gurin Company, which will remove references to the assault allegation from its documentary, ”When Cameras Cross the Line,” a show about paparazzi which originally aired on VH1.”

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