Jim Morrison to get posthumous pardon over ‘exposure’ conviction
London: The Doors` Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon almost 40 years after he was convicted of exposing himself on stage during a show in Miami.
Gov. Charlie Crist got a commitment for the votes needed at the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to approve the pardon, reports the Daily Express.
Morrison was appealing against the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bath in 1971. The meeting comes a day after the singer would have been 67.
The did-he-or-didn’t-he debate has been revived by Crist`s interest in the case. Surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the Miami crowd, but never exposed himself.
"It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis," said Ray Manzarek, The Doors` keyboard player.
Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger said Morrison’s behaviour was influenced by an acting troupe that disrobed during plays.
"He was just doing a mind trip - as they would say - a mind trip on the audience and they totally fell for it," Manzarek said.