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Hearst, Patty

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishHearst, PattyPatty HearstHearst, Patty /hɜːst $ hɜːrst/  (1954–) an American woman who is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and who was kidnapped (kidnap) in February 1974 by a left-wing group called the SLA (=Symbionese Liberation Army). While she was being held prisoner by the group, she began to support the aims of the SLA and in April 1974 she was photographed helping the group to rob a bank. She was arrested and sent to prison despite claiming at her trial that she had been forced to help the group. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter ordered that she should be allowed to leave prison, and in 2001 President Bill Clinton gave her a pardon. She has appeared in films and written a book about her experiences.
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