HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 21, 2000 – Traitors, be warned.
The striking Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists began their first “scab trials” today. The hearings will determine whether or not 12 actors and athletes violated the strike code by working on commercials during the unions’ ongoing strike against the advertising industry.
The alleged scabs include golfer Tiger Woods, model-actress Elizabeth Hurley, track stars Marion Jones and Michael Johnson and football players Eddie George, Terrell Davis and Keyshawn Johnson. If found guilty, they could be fined, suspended or expelled from SAG and AFTRA.
Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal and teen queen Britney Spears, who had also worked on commercials during the strike, were spared trial board hearing because they have already settled the issue with the unions.