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Chad Johnson

Ripped By Judge

for Slapping Lawyer's Ass

6/11/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chad has just filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider the ruling.

10:46 AM PT
-- Chad is currently at jail and is being booked.

10:30 AM PT
-- We just got video of the love tap. Check it out.

7:55 AM PT
-- Chad was arrested in the courtroom and has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

7:45 AM PT --
Chad and his attorney are back in front of the judge ... apologizing ... and desperately trying to convince the judge to accept the original terms of the deal.

Chad Johnson
was just kicked out of a Florida courtroom ... after the former NFL star playfully slapped his male lawyer's ass -- a move that ENRAGED the judge, TMZ has learned.

Johnson was in court in Broward County, FL to face the judge for his recent probation violation in his domestic violence case.

During the hearing, the judge and Chad's lawyer were about to finalize the terms of Chad's punishment -- terms that were pretty favorable to Chad.

But the whole thing fell apart at the last minute, when the judge asked Chad if he was satisfied with his attorney -- and the ex-NFL star reached back and playfully slapped his lawyer's ass.

Chad smiled ... the court erupted with laughter .... but the judge wasn't amused.

In fact, the judge found the move disrespectful -- and lashed out at Johnson ... asking him if the whole proceeding was a "joke" to him.

Johnson replied, "I had no intent to make this a joke, because my life is in shambles right now."

The judge -- who lost her patience -- suddenly announced that Chad's deal was OFF ... and kicked him out of the courtroom.

Story developing ...

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What a floozy.. if the courtroom hadn't erupted in laughter, including her staff of sheriffs, he would be at home right now looking in the mirror fawning over himself. This is why we need 2 keep Hillary out of the WH!

463 days ago


The judge was wrong...

463 days ago


Way over the too; this judge needs to lose her place on the bench! She needs to be a bit more understanding

463 days ago


Judge must be having "that time of the month" besides being racist.

463 days ago


What a surprise, he has no class. He was in court not a football field or locker room. What a douche! I'm glad the judge taught him a lesson.

463 days ago

Dr Dave    

It was an instinctual show of appreciation that he's prob been accustom to doing since he was a young football player. Everyone has habits they are used to doing. Appropriate for court? No, but not intentionally disrespectful to result in a jail sentence. The judge needs to make decisions based on proper legal procedures not the heat of the moment because she didn't fully u understand what just transpired. Plus he prob would have done the same thing in an empty courtroom not caring about a couple of laughs from people he doesn't know.

463 days ago


Either this judge hates men or she's trying to make a name for her self at his expense. Either way she is wrong in this whole case she needs to be removed from the case, a good game or pat on the rear is an athletes way of saying good job, he can't help if people laughed and not to mention the court cop started the laughing off

463 days ago


I'm no fan of this guy but she's certifiable.

463 days ago


You have to laugh at harvey. The guy is on probation for beating a woman and harvey thinks the judge is too harsh. The judge is picking up on the entire tone of this guy. He thinks the whole thing is a joke.

463 days ago


i know that being in a courtroom is serious but that was not that serious... she could have let that slide... she was a bee-otch in my opinion. he's a happy go lucky guy and he likes to make ppl smile. i'm very sure that he didn't mean to disrespect anyone, or the courtroom. stuck up humans.

463 days ago


Damn! Don't mess with Judge Judy!

463 days ago


Wow, Madame Judge takes no crap in her courtroom. The first time I was in court it was to be picked for jury duty and before we even got into the courtroom we were told all about decorum and how it was expected. That was kind of harsh, but if he's that much of a jackass 30 days might do him some good.

463 days ago


If this was Lindsay Lohan there would be NO punishment. Chad is a black ex NFL player so of course the judge will send him to prison for a simplest thing.

WELCOME TO AMERICAN JUSTICE!! Are we surprised by this? Really...REALLY?

463 days ago


The judge should be removed.......period

463 days ago


30 days for a butt slap? you can clearly watch from the video that:
A) he wasnt laughing (even when the crowd was laughing)

B) The attorney even defended chad in saying that he wasn't being funny

C) It's a damn butt tap

D) The judge clearly didn't get upset UNTIL the courtroom started laughing (she first asked him if there were any other questions, its only after people started laughing that she got upset)

E) She needs some D in her life

F) It's funny how it's only people on TMZ that are actually defending her, while practically every other relevant news site is bashing her for going on a power trip

463 days ago
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