Calif. activist guilty in Vietnamese singer attack

A California activist faces up to three years and eight months behind bars for spraying an irritant at a pop singer from Vietnam to protest communism.

A Santa Clara County jury found Ly Tong, of San Jose, guilty Thursday of misdemeanor assault and felony use of tear gas in connection with the July 2010 attack. He was acquitted of felony assault.

Authorities say Tong approached singer Dam Vinh Hung disguised as an old woman carrying a flower during a concert at the Santa Clara Convention Center. He sprayed Hung when Hung bent down.

Jurors could not agree on whether Tong used pepper spray or a combination of fish sauce and perfume.

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( that Tong is scheduled to be sentenced on June 22.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,