Disorderly soprano has novel excuse for cell phone flap: Michael Jackson
A mini-soap opera involving Argentine soprano Gabriela Pochinki, who was arrested Oct. 18 in a New York eaterie for disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and obstructing-government charges, got even stranger this week when she revealed the cause of it all.
According the the AP, Pochinki "was talking to the organizers of the Las Vegas premiere of Michael Jackson's film 'This Is It' when she was arrested at a swank Manhattan restaurant for yelling into her cell phone."
The opera singer was being invited by Jackson's family to sing at the Las Vegas premiere of the movie when she talked so loudly that restaurant employees complained. She didn't even notice their requests for her to tone it down, so they did the only sensible thing.
The charges will be dismissed in six months, if she doesn't get into trouble again. Turns out that Pochinki charmed law enforcement officials while she was detained, singing a song from "West Side Story."
"They ... noticed that I was an opera singer and they applauded, they relaxed a bit," she told the AP. "When I was leaving, they asked me to sing one more song ... It was the nicest thing."
The soprano ultimately had praise for the justice system in this country, calling it "good" and "correct."