A judge decided against imposing sanctions of up to $1,500 against Anthony Michael Hall and/or his attorney for failing to appear at a previous hearing on a lawsuit brought by a man who alleges he suffered a broken wrist when the actor pushed him and caused him to fall during an argument in Playa del Rey.
During an unscheduled court session Friday regarding plaintiff Richard Samson’s case, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marc Gross said he was vacating Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on whether to hand down any penalties for the alleged failure of Hall and his attorney to show up on Jan. 14 or tell the court why they could not appear.
Gross also rescheduled the trial date for Samson’s case and the countersuit Hall filed against the plaintiff in April 2017 for harassment, defamation and invasion of privacy from Thursday to Feb. 28.
Hall pleaded no contest in September 2017 to a misdemeanor assault charge and was immediately sentenced to 40 hours of community service and three years probation for the 2016 confrontation. The 50-year-old actor was initially charged with a felony count of battery.
Samson sued Hall in January 2017. According to Samson’s court papers, he was outside the common area of their condominium complex when Hall “assaulted, intimidated and battered” him on Sept. 13, 2016.
Hall — a member of the “Brat Pack” in the 1980s — has appeared in films including “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Weird Science.”