Jim Morrison, lead singer of iconic rock group the Doors, has been granted a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction dating back to 1969, according to The Associated Press.
The Doors frontman allegedly exposed himself during a Miami concert, and the incident prompted a never-ending debate about what actually happened. The pardon, requested by outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist, brings the matter to a close.
During a rowdy Doors show at the Dinner Key Auditorium, fans claimed that Morrison exposed his manhood onstage after a drunken tirade. Soon after, Morrison was arrested on charges of public profanity and indecent exposure, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail and given a $500 fine. The late singer was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, in 1971.
Not everyone is pleased about the pardon, however. Patricia Kennealy Morrison, a woman who claims she was married to the Doors frontman, told the AP she was disappointed — and believes Morrison would be as well — because the incident never took place. Kennealy Morrison insisted the singer revealed to her on multiple occasions he thought he was being made "a scapegoat of the counterculture movement."
While Kennealy Morrison remains opposed to Crist's decision, the legendary singer's surviving bandmates welcomed the news. "It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis," the Doors' keyboard player Ray Manzarek said. "He was just doing a mind trip — as they would say — a mind trip on the audience and they totally fell for it."
Guitarist Robby Krieger added, "Nobody would like to have that charge hanging over their head, even if they are dead. I'm sure his family would be happy to see that go, especially since it never happened."
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