KTLA News (US), November 3, 2008
Keanu Reeves Cleared in Civil Case
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Keanu Reeves has been cleared of all liability in a civil case brought against him by a paparazzo who claims he was injured by the actor's car.
Jurors reached the verdict after resuming deliberations for just over an hour Monday.
The case went to the jury Friday afternoon and quickly concluded for the weekend.
Alison Silva was seeking payment for medical bills and lost wages, claiming the actor hit him with his Porsche in March 2007 while the paparazzo was shooting photos in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Jurors had to wade through conflicting accounts of the incident.
Silva said Reeves hit him with his bumper while trying to drive away, knocking him to the ground and causing an injury to his left wrist that will never heal.
Reeves insisted he never made contact and the photographer tripped himself up.
Reeves, whose screen credits include "The Matrix" trilogy, "The Lake House" and "Something's Gotta Give," had gone to Rancho Palos Verdes to visit his sister.
The jury of six men and six women had listened to testimony since Tuesday.