a philly boxer who says he was
portrayed as "a hapless fighter who would accept ill-gotten fruits of racism" in the Norman Jewison film The Hurricane has won a whopping six-figure out-of-court settlement.
In his suit, Joey Giardello contended that the film's version of his 64 fight with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, which he won unanimously, was "deliberately fabricated." The film showed Carter being robbed of a decision in order to fit the overall theme of the movie -- namely, that Carter's life was destroyed by racial prejudice.
A special message by director Jewison calling Giardello a great champ has been added to the video and DVD versions of the film.
A disclaimer saying that some of the film's scenes are purely a dramatization of real events has also been moved from the end to the beginning in the video and DVD versions.
Gerson Zweifach, the film's Washinton, DC-based lawyer, says the changes were made after Giardello filed suit, but in no way should be viewed as an attempt to mitigate any potential losses associated with the suit.
Giardello's Philadelphia-based lawyer George Bochetto says his client's satisfied. "Joey was very happy with (the settlement). He got to stand up and re-stake his claim to greatness."
Carter, who was sprung from a New Jersey prison by a Canuck commune for a triple murder he didn't commit, was not named in the suit.