Tear gas tranny faces five years

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Ly Tong the man who was accused of dressing as a woman and assaulting a Vietnamese pop star, could face a five-year jail term if convicted of all charges.

 

His arraignment in San Clara County Superior Court lasted just a few minutes.

 

The County District Attorney charge Tong, 61, with  four felonies. He was accused of 2nd degree burglary (e.g. entering the concert with the intention of committing a crime), unauthorized use of tear gas, altering the label of tear gas and willful employment of tear gas in public, according to CBS 5 Crimewatch.

 

According to the site, Tong faces a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

 

US media outlets reported that Tong dressed as a woman and motioned like he was going to hand Dam Vinh Hung a flower. But as Hung bent down to accept the gift, Tong shot the chemicals into the singer's face and chest.

 

Hung, one of Vietnam's most popular artists, is touring North America along with Vietnamese singers My Tam and Duong Trieu Vu in a program organized by the US-based Saigon Entertainment.

 

Several reports have quoted Tong's lawyers as having expressed their client's desire to serve jail time.

 

Reports indicated that Tong, at the very least, will be placed on probation. His bail was increased from US$52,000 to $100,000 and a hearing was set to re-evaluate that amount on Friday morning (US time).

 

Tong hijacked at least two airplanes in 1992 and 2000 to drop leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City.

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