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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stripper Attack Cleared

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia () -- A basketball star for the Golden State Warriors was cleared of charges he broke a beer bottle over the back of a male stripper in a barroom melee.

A half-dozen witnesses said Monday that Joe Smith, voted to the NBA's All-Rookie squad last year, was not the attacker, prompting a judge to dismiss a malicious wounding charge that carried a sentence of five to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors had said Smith and 10 others arrived at the Ridley's Restaurant and Lounge on July 26 to celebrate Smith's 21st birthday, but became upset when male strippers working a ladies night refused to end their act.