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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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I think the judge completely over reacted. He's a football player. That's what football players do to say "good job, man." She didn't seem to care until the people in the courtroom started laughing, and that's what ticked her off. She's holding him responsible for the actions of others, but I don't think he event meant it to be funny...rather, a show of appreciation. She was wrong.

465 days ago


I agree it was the wrong thing to do in court, it was a dumb decision on his behalf, yes I know its a football thing but he wasn't on the field. However I do believe the judge overreacted by kicking him out, she should've just scolded him and reminded him this is court, not football. And unless his lawyer felt violated, this isn't sexual harassment I'm sure his lawyer KNOWS what he meant by the gesture.

465 days ago


That's ridiculous. It's between the lawyer and Chad, and the lawyer didn't appear to have a problem with it. Just required an apology for 'a breach of decorum', that's it.

465 days ago


The judge is supposed to be above it all, not throw a hissy fit because a nut case makes her mad. Does she not know what contempt of court is? Look at this to be overturned.

465 days ago


IT WAS HER staff that did the laughing!!!! MAYBE she could look at this video. HE never laughed but her baliffs did BIG TIME! Hope the judge gets them...

465 days ago


She spends too much time reading the gossip mags

Using O.C. to make a name for herself.

"Not in MY courtroom!!!"

Excuse us, your Highness.

Let us know when it's appropriate -

To breathe and/or to curtsy..


465 days ago


Disgusting - overkill - kick him when he's down.

465 days ago


Not a Chad Johnson fan but he didn't deserve that!

465 days ago


I bet she doesn't like it in the butt.

465 days ago


After seeing the judge, its easy to see why he was overtly admonished.
Cant see why she is entrusted with such a position when clearly she was looking to extol justice and took a playful gesture as her chance to right a wrong as she sees fit.

Chad should look to bring action against the Judge.

465 days ago

Joe Blow    

That judge was a little over the top. I'm not a fan of anyone beating a woman but that was ridiculous. Had it not been for the crowd laughter he would have been fine. Gimme a break. That chick needs some love, and by love I mean she needs to get good and ****ed!!

465 days ago


That was AWESOME!! Way to go judge!

465 days ago


the judge is a real douche

465 days ago


Three cheers for this judge. ENOUGH of celebrities and spots figures getting kid gloves. If you are dumb enough to disrespect a courtroom, you get what you deserve. His guy is a moron.

465 days ago


that's just a football thing. Probably just a habit with him and wasnt even thinking.

465 days ago
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