The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) said that golf star Tiger Woods is scheduled for a trial hearing on Nov. 6.
Woods allegedly crossed the strike line and did a Buick commercial for a recent General Motors television spot that aired during the Olympics.
The guild is said to want Woods to appear in person but, when asked, SAG’s Greg Krizman said that he had “Not heard from our legal department, so I have no idea. We’re trying to get Tiger Woods’ participation on some level , whether it’s by phone, or in person or even a video conference.” Krizman said SAG had been trying to get Woods’ direct participation because the unions’ member-based trial boards “always want to hear from the member” to see what they have to say and to understand their reasonings.
“If everything during the trial board is lawyer to lawyer,” Krizman said, “you don’t really have the same thing—the purpose of these boards is to find people’s reasonings, meaning what they knew and when they knew it. It’s always better to hear it from the member than through an intermediary.”
Krizman said the guild doesn’t generally release the results of trial boards but he did confirm that three SAG members had been found “guilty” of charges stemming from their actions during the strike. “They have received combination of financial penalties and volunteer service hours, as well as the suspension of rights and privileges of membership for a time,” Krizman said. SAG members can, in “worst case scenarios,” be expelled from the union, Krizman said. -- By Murdoch McBride