Soprano Found Not Guilty in Trader Joe's Freezer Fight


Was the Supermarket Slap Justified?

The singer defended her guilty admission all along, however, by maintaining that her slap was justified.

"There are people who are going to be watching who are saying you just can't slap someone when you're upset over things that are happening in a grocery store," Caprario's attorney, Mark Bederow, told ABC.

"When someone continues to come at you and at you and at you, the law permits the use of reasonable force."

Caprario had originally been charged with misdemeanor assault and rejected various plea deals as prosecutors repeatedly lowered the charges, to harassment and attempted assault.

"Why should someone plead guilty to something they didn't do?" she told the New York Post this week.

The defense followed their client's approach, centering its entire case on London's behavior as justification for Caprario's actions.

"Dr. London was acting in a smug, arrogant and obnoxious manner ... so she could cut the line to get to the frozen food," her lawyer, Mark Bederow said in his opening statements.

In her testimony, the singer, who is fluent in three languages and conversant in five, described London's behavior as, "very aggressive" and "strong."

"I'd never experienced anything like that - it was scary," she told the court.

London's claims that the slap caused ringing in her ears and left her in pain for days were undercut by her own tweets, sent the day after the incident and presented in court by Caprario's attorneys, that she had just biked 16 miles, run three miles and appeared on "The Joy Behar Show."

The defense also questioned London's temperament by using her high-profile status to produce online reviews that said the doctor was "abrasive, obnoxious and argumentative."

"It was one or two people," London replied in court. "There's also a lot of positive things."

As the trial came to a close, it seemed the only thing the two women could agree on, besides a love for frozen vegan pad Thai, was a desire to put the months-long, contentious supermarket dispute behind them.

"I was ready six months ago to put it behind me," Caprario told ABC News outside the courtroom Tuesday. "But unfortunately we find ourselves here today."

And, perhaps, to learn something from it all.

"The big lesson, to me, is, take a breath," London said to ABC.

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