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Metro Briefing | New York: Manhattan: Charges Against Actor Dropped

By ANDREW JACOBS (NYT); COMPILED BY JOHN SULLIVAN- Published: September 20, 2005

Prosecutors in Manhattan agreed yesterday to drop the charges against the actor Christian Slater, left, if he stays out of trouble for six months. Mr. Slater, who was charged in May with groping a woman on an Upper East Side sidewalk, did not speak to reporters as he left Manhattan Criminal Court. But his lawyer, Eric Franz, said, ''The case is dismissed, and we are very pleased with the outcome.'' In a previous court appearance in July, Mr. Slater rejected a plea deal that would have required him to perform three days of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree harassment. Mr. Slater, 36, was originally charged with sexual abuse in the third degree and disorderly conduct. At the time of his arrest, on May 31, the actor was appearing in ''The Glass Menagerie'' on Broadway. Andrew Jacobs (NYT)