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Veteran's revenge

From the "Wolf Blitzer Reports" staff

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vietnam veteran Michael Smith makes no apologies for what he did to Jane Fonda.

"I had an opportunity to do something a lot of Vietnam vets want to do. I did it for them," he says.

At a book signing in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday night he waited in line to have the actress sign a copy of her new memoir "My Life So Far," which is No. 1 this week on The New York Times' best-seller list.

But it wasn't an autograph Smith was after -- it was revenge for the infamous photo-op during which a young Jane Fonda sat on a communist anti-aircraft gun smiling while visiting North Vietnam at the height of the war.

When Smith approached the table he spit tobacco juice on Fonda.

Witnesses say the actress took it in stride.

"She just started letting people pat her down ... She said to everyone around her, 'It's fine, it's fine,'" says one.

In her book, Fonda talks about her trip to North Vietnam, the notorious photo and the bitterness it provoked.

She apologized for it again recently on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"I think it hurt a lot of people. And I'm very, very sorry. And I will go to my grave regretting that lapse of judgment. It was terrible," said Fonda.

But that's not enough for Michael Smith, who says he considers Fonda a traitor. And he expressed no regret.

"We did what we had to do for our buddies and I knew this was something that I was going to do for my buddies ... I can't say that I feel better but I feel like I've struck a blow back for all of us," says Smith.

Fonda said in a statement, "In spite of the incident, my experience in Kansas City was wonderful and I thank all the warm and supportive people, including so many veterans, who came to welcome me."

Although Fonda isn't pressing charges, Kansas City Police are, accusing Smith of disorderly conduct. Smith was arrested, released on bond and is due in court next month.


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