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U.S. court orders new look at Janet Jackson breast case

U.S. court orders new look at Janet Jackson breast case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to re-examine its verdict in favor of the CBS network that aired a 2004 broadcast in which pop superstar Janet Jackson bared her breast. The court threw out a decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last July which nullified the US$550,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission on the CBS network for breaking indecency rules after Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during a halftime performance at the Superbowl.
The high court said in a statement it ordered the re-examination "in light of FCC vs Fox Television stations," in which its own narrowly-divided ruling late last month determined that U.S. regulators can impose fines on television and radio broadcasters for allowing "fleeting expletives" - curse words used in passing - to go out over the airwaves. Prosecutors had asked the Supreme Court's nine justices to weigh in on the Jackson case - branded "Nipplegate" by U.S. media - that raised eyebrows and stirred passions in the United States, where nudity on non-pay television is for the most part a no-no.
The youngest sister of Michael Jackson was performing live at the Superbowl U.S. football championship when the attention-getting move took place, in a carefully choreographed routine featuring her and fellow pop star Justin Timberlake.
During the show Timberlake tore off part of Jackson's bustier, exposing her breast for a fraction of a second to some 90 million viewers and prompting howls of outrage from lawmakers and regulators who vowed a crackdown on indecency.
CBS apologized for the incident but in 2004 it was ordered to pay the US$550,000 fine, the stiffest penalty the agency could levy against the network.


Updated : 2021-05-11 05:59 GMT+08:00