After detention and arrest following complaint by the secret service agents protecting mrs onassis' son and his acquittal in the state court, galella filed suit in state court against the agents and mrs onassis.
Galella is a free-lance photographer specializing in the making and sale of photographs of well-known persons defendant onassis is the widow of the late president, john f kennedy, mother of the two kennedy children, john and caroline, and is the wife of aristotle onassis, widely known shipping figure and reputed multimillionaire. Galella the plaintiff was arrested by the secret services for trying to photograph defendant jacqueline kennedy onassis and her children galella sued the defendant for wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.
Galella v onassis 487 f2d 986 (2nd cir 1973) name: institutional affiliation: galella v onassis 487 f2d 986 (2nd cir 1973) relevant facts ronald galella, the plaintiff, was a freelance photographer focusing on public figures and celebrities one of gallela’s photographing subjects was jacqueline onassis, president john f kennedy’s widow. We are looking to hire attorneys to help contribute legal content to our site if you are interested, please contact us at [email protected.
And now onassis was charging at the non-jury trial before cooper that galella had violated the terms of the court order, blocking her path at a theater, tailgating her down manhattan streets, even coming upon her in a small boat at martha's vineyard. A summary and case brief of galella v onassis, including the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, key terms, and concurrences and dissents.
Onassis resulted in a restraining order to keep galella 50 yards (later changed to 25 feet) away from mrs onassis  on june 12, 1973, actor marlon brando punched galella in the face outside a restaurant in chinatown in new york city , breaking the photographer's jaw and knocking out five of his teeth on the left side of his mouth.