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SYLVESTER STALLONE MAKING BIOPIC ABOUT JACK JOHNSON

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Days after the presidenti­al pardon of Jack Johnson, Sylvester Stallone has announced plans for a biopic on the first African-American heavyweigh­t champion. On Thursday, Stallone stood next to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office as he signed a rare posthumous pardon to Johnson, who served 10 months in prison in what Trump called “a racially-motivated injustice.” In October of 1912, Johnson was accused of violating the Mann Act (an anti-prostituti­on law) for “kidnapping” his girlfriend and would-be wife, Lucille Cameron, and travelling across state lines. After being convicted and sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison, Johnson skipped out on bail and fled to Montreal with Lucille. He continued his boxing career until finally surrenderi­ng to U.S. authoritie­s in 1920 to serve his sentence.

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