The judgment was first reported yesterday by celebrity website TMZ.
The Metropolitan Opera has deep-sixed plans for a global simulcast to cinemas of John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer" amid objections that it could stir anti-Semitic sentiments.
The live-in-HD broadcast was planned for Nov. 15.
The opera depicts the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship by the Palestine Liberation Front in which a wheelchair-bound, 69-year-old Jewish New Yorker, Leon Klinghoffer, was killed and thrown overboard.
The Met made its decision after discussions with the Anti-Defamation League.
The ADL praised the Met's decision, saying although the opera wasn't anti-Semitic, the group feared it could create anti-Israeli sentiments in foreign countries.
Adams blasted the decision, saying the opera "in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism."
The work will be performed at the Met as planned in the fall.
* Meanwhile in Nigeria, censors want cuts to the movie "Half of a Yellow Sun" because it could undermine national security.
When you start censoring art out of fear, haven't the terrorists already won?
* A federal judge has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Lady Gaga filed by Rebecca Francescatti, a Chicago songwriter who accused Gaga of stealing music and the title lyric from her 1998 song "Juda" and turning it into her 2011 song "Judas."
Judge Marvin Aspen concluded there wasn't enough evidence that Gaga could have heard or known about Francescatti's song before publishing "Judas."
Aspen writes that the songs "are so utterly dissimilar that reasonable minds could not differ as to a lack of substantial similarity between them."
* Costumed Spider-Man Phillip Williams was convicted yesterday of harassing a woman in a Times Square spat that involved him swearing, her hurling snow and him taking a swing at her.
But a judge acquitted Spidey of a more serious charge of attempted assault. Old webhead has to pay a $250 fine or serve seven days in jail.
Let's just hope he's not thrown in a cell with the Sandman, Doctor Octopus or the Green Goblin.
* Jay Leno has been named by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor winner.
The prize will be handed out at a gala on Oct. 19 and be broadcast the following month on PBS.
"Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime's worth of humorous commentary on American daily life," Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein said in the announcement.
Jaywalking was even inspired by Twainriding.
* Michael Jace, who played a police officer on "The Shield" TV series, pleaded not guilty in the slaying of his wife yesterday.
He was ordered to stay away from his two young sons.
Jace's attorney, Jason Sias, said his client did not contest the protective order involving his children because he wants to do what is best for them.
Well, except for allegedly killing their mother.
* Apologies for missing this yesterday:
Former "Jersey Shore" cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has been charged with simple assault after an afternoon confrontation at the Boca tanning salon in Middletown Township, N.J. He posted $500 bail and was released; a court date hasn't been scheduled.
Officers went to the salon about 2 p.m. on a report of a fight in progress, police detective Lt. Stephen Dollinger said. He didn't have details on what sparked the fight or who else was involved.
You know what sparked the fight? Publicity.
Sitch is due to return to reality television this summer in the TV Guide Network's "The Sorrentinos," which will follow his family as they try to open - you guessed it - their own tanning salon.
* Japan's parliament has passed a law that bans possession of child pornography.
It wasn't banned before this?
Nope. Japan is the last major industrial country to criminalize possession of kiddie porn. And this ban even excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics, animation and computer graphics.
The law provides for prison terms of up to one year and fines of up to 1 million yen - which sounds like a lot but is only about $9,800 - for having porn pics or videos of children. It allows a grace period of one year for people owning such materials to dispose of them.
Which really makes the cases tough for the detectives of "Law & Order: SVU: Tokyo."
- Daily News wire services
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