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Chad Johnson

Ripped By Judge

for Slapping Lawyer's Ass

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

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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.

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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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453 COMMENTS

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286.

Francine     

Johnson did a innocent thing in court by saying thank you to his attorney but the judge staff was very unprofessional and instead of punishing her staff she punishes the wrong person.

311 days ago
287.

Francine     

Johnson did a innocent thing in court by saying thank you to his attorney but the judge staff was very unprofessional and instead of punishing her staff she punishes the wrong person.

311 days ago
288.

B    

Normally I don't like Chad Johnson but seriously he was basically patting him on the back for being a good lawyer (what the judge said) but he obviously was too low. I don't think he meant it disrespectfully and they judge over reacted. But hey I won't complain too much a woman beater is in jail where he belongs!

311 days ago
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123    

So this athlete who was on probation and assaulted his wife was granted a plea deal of only community service and mandatory counseling. Assaulted his wife. And yet his biggest punishment is not for a violent crime, but for inappropriate courtroom behavior.

311 days ago
290.

Mary    

and yet Lindey Lohan is free, you can't make this stuff up

311 days ago
291.

Sssymom11    

I am definitely not a fan of Mr Johnson but I think he was BURNED! In his environment a slap on the backside is a sign of respect and the juveniles in the court room who snickered like grade schoolers who hear the word boob should be mortified,

311 days ago
292.

Roxy    

Looks good on him. The whole time he's acted like this was a joke. I love that Judge. Best judge ever. !

311 days ago
293.

danny mitchell    

The Judge is a class A bitch. Her reaction was totally un called for. She realized that she was on camera and decided to 1 up Chad....

311 days ago
294.

kelly    

it was clearly done in jest the judge is racist

311 days ago
295.

arose1287    

for a guy who headbutted his girlfriend...and no jail time, i think the judge is real leniant...its all cus of the $$$$ and mediocre fame

311 days ago
296.

Jfpweaver    

IMO, the judge has the duty of protecting cost and not over charging tax payers for ridiculous and unnecessary punishment. The judge only placed more burdens on the expenses of the tax payers. If she felt so disrespected, have the guy to clean the courthouse bathrooms for a week or so but jail should be reserved for those who pose a threat to society not for the judges need for respect...should we respect our judges, by all means yes but I don't think he meant it as any disrespect towards her or her courtroom.
I believe this shows a lack of respect to the citizens of Florida who fund the inmate population through tax dollars. It is unnecessary punishment. I believe for the most part, "let the punishment fit the crime." Jail time does not even fit his lame crime...if one wants to call it crime.
If she felt so strongly about this, she should have said , "look, we are not finished, you will spend your day scrubbing toilets, emptying trash and mopping floors." But jail time, nooooo......all that cleaning alone would have taught him a lesson about respecting the court room...placing him in jail over something petty will only cause him and others to disrespect her as a judge even more.

311 days ago
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rachael    

Bottom line is a civilised person knows when it is appropriate to do something like this and when it is not. He is there asking for a plea bargain on a domestic assault case and In THE COURTROOM, demonstrated that he cannot be a proper judge on what is appropriate physical contact with another human. She is right to deny the plea bargain.

311 days ago
298.

pmo    

anyone know if jen Williams and evelyn ever reconciled? jen was opposed to ocho from day one, she and ev fell out and ev was very violent to jen, threw a wine bottle and some other object at jen right on camera. that would be a lot to forgive.

311 days ago
299.

Rob    

I'm not saying what he did was right but i think the judge overreacted. He didn't do what he did for laughs he did it to show how much he appreciated his lawyer. That's the same as a woman hugging her lawyer people just express their feeling in different ways.

311 days ago
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Vegreef & Litigator LLP    

Someone should report this judge to the Florida judicial disabilities commission, or whatever body there polices the judge's conduct. This person clearly does not have the temperament required for the bench. She should have banged the gavel once and said "C'mon people I want to finish today" or something like that. 30 days. Outrageous. Evil, maybe.

311 days ago
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