Judge dismisses Gary Coleman's videotape

February 20, 2009 10:23:17 AM PST
A judge in Utah has made a decision in that case in which Gary Coleman is accused of raising a ruckus at a bowling alley. The judge has decided that a videotaped deposition of the former child star won't be released to the public until a personal injury lawsuit against the actor is settled. The judge is worried that if people see the video, it might prevent lawyers from being able to seat an impartial jury. Apparently his lawyer feels the same way.

Terry Plant says if the video were released it could spread quickly and destroy Coleman, who used to star in the TV series "Diff'rent Strokes." Coleman is accused of running into a man with his truck while backing out of the bowling alley parking lot in September.

The two apparently got into it when Coleman objected to the man taking pictures of the actor with his cell phone. Coleman pleaded no contest in December to a disorderly conduct charge in the incident and was ordered to pay a $100 fine.

He also pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge. That charge will be waived if he stays out of trouble for the next year.