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'Bachelor' Slap: Womack Says NOT Criminal Battery

1/4/2011 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

ABC is promoting "The Bachelor" with a slap to the face by a contestant, but the victim tells TMZ he  doesn't want her prosecuted.
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You probably saw Brad Womack take a slap to the face, when he was greeted by Chantal O'Brien, who glibly told him she was delivering a violent message on behalf of all the scorned women in America.

So if Amber Portwood gets prosecuted for beating on her boyfriend, what's the difference? 

1014_womack_videoBrad tells TMZ, "I think Chantal was just trying to make a statement about my past behavior and make a strong first impression, which she did. " 

Brad adds, "I think what Chantal did was a light-hearted gesture which I took as such.  I do not condone violence in any relationship, nor would I keep someone around who I felt truly wished to do me harm."

As Brad left the premiere party last night -- he told us the slap was, "very real and very hard." Brad also told us he didn't want Chantal prosecuted because he "deserved" it.

So what do you think? 



 
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46.

Vault101    

Oh I see, so equality only works when women want it too now? Seems to me if the roles were reversed in this the guy would be in jail already.

1367 days ago
47.

Carole Clarke    

The producers of this show are only after ratings which equal funding. All of the "actors" are in on the process so this is not a legitimate act. They think they are so cute, so hip but they are the worst of trash - very boring. But it's been going on for ages, the blatant sex on daytime, the see-thru clothes, the gum-cracking boorishness. The producers think that sells so thats what you get. A concerted campaign against it is the only way things will change. Sadly, it adds to the ammunition abusers use to justify their crimes.

1367 days ago
48.

kickaboo    

Producers of reality shows egg stuff on, they've probably break up more homes in reality and damage more kids, then people realize.

1367 days ago
49.

Shread    

What a *****! If that Hooker slapped me like that she would be drinking out of a straw for the next 2 months.

1367 days ago
50.

Shread    

My policy is NEVER lay a hand on a Woman but if they ever try to harm me with a violent act you can rest assured that they will get KO'd without any hesitation. It goes both ways and i have zero tolerance if someone is attacking me.

1367 days ago
51.

jw    

Come on TMZ...this is the dumbest story ever! You look a little desperate to cause trouble this time.

1367 days ago
52.

Les    

He deserved SOMEthing, but I don't think it should have been a slap, implying that violence is ok as long as 1) it's women against men. 2) on reality t.v., 3) dressed in evening attire, and 4) it can be assumed that it represents the feelings of all women. Given those parameters, every woman and man fits the criteria, and after all, it is "reality" TV, right?

1367 days ago
53.

Husker1234    

It was entirely scripted. They even used sound effects to enhance the "slap". Plus, Chantal is his choice for the final rose at the end of the show in a couple months. Don't think it was really that bad. Read for yourself on Reality Steve's blog.

1367 days ago
54.

Michael    

The problem is Reality Shows like this one are REALLY CHEAP to make and they pull huge ratings. This show costs practically nothing to produce.

The actor [The Bachelor] and the actresses [The Girls] are only getting paid minimum, it's the winners who get the big paycheck and the media blitz. The rest are just getting what they can.

It's still a decent acting gig, if you compare it to being an extra in a movie. Plus If they ask you to do something like slap the guy, you'll end up in places like this having your name thrown about.

It's a good gig for an actress looking for PR.

Trust me, every one of those girls thinks they can win, and they are being told that repeatedly every morning when they show up for work [aka, wake up in that house].

1367 days ago
55.

King Edward    

Um, people, it was FAKE and setup by the producers, pretty much like the whole show. Do not be gullible. Sorry to burst the bubble.

1367 days ago
56.

Pimpcessa    

If they were to prosecute that girl for that smack, then I would have to ask why those Jersey Shore idiots are still walking the streets. They were the most violent losers on these reality shows. In fact they were allowed to go into bars and start **** with other people, hit them and then their "bodyguards" would keep them from getting their stupid asses beaten down. It will be interesting to see how these reality shows will have to start paying up for the nonsensical behavior they inspire in these idiots.

1367 days ago
57.

Alex    

If some broad slapped me like that, I'd probably lose it.

1367 days ago
58.

spinster    

I'd like to see a guy bitch slap a girl and get away with it..

1367 days ago
59.

b    

Sorry, but touching someone in a angry state of mind by law " is assault and battery.

1367 days ago
60.

Michael    

Criminal Battery? Are you kidding...
It was a LOT more like this...

Producer: Slap him harder this time, sell it for the camera! Remember It's all about "Reality" so really push it this time...
Don't worry about the sound, we'll add it later...

Chantal: Are you sure?

Producer: Of course, and don't forget to jiggle your breasts a little more on this next take, and try to pout a little.

Where's wardrobe? Dammit, I told you to get rid of her bra for the closeup, hurry up, time is money...

Ok, Ok, that's better. Ready?

Slap for Promo, take 16.....
Roll em.....

1367 days ago
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