Caitlyn Jenner delivered an acceptance speech last night at the ESPYs for receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, but Jessica Steindorff insists Jenner doesn’t deserve to be so honored.
At the podium, Caitlyn Jenner reportedly spoke passionately about her transition to a woman, something she called “eye-opening” and “inspiring.”
Along with Jenner, Steindorff was one of the motorists involved in a February four-car accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu in which another driver was tragically killed.
As the Inquisitr previously described, security video from a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority bus of the accident allegedly shows then-Bruce Jenner hitting a black Prius, driven by Steindorff, and 69-year-old Kim Howe’s white Lexus. It was Howe who lost her life in the crash, and the video also indicates that she impacted with a Hummer.
Howe’s family is suing Jenner for wrongful death in civil court. Steindorff is also bringing a case against the former Olympic gold medalist and reality show star for personal injury, charging him with allegedly driving “negligently, carelessly, recklessly and wantonly,” which is likely the standard language in California to set forth a civil court complaint of this nature.
Steindorff, a talent manager who apparently was in the audience at the ESPY Awards last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as a guest, expressed her feelings to Entertainment Tonight about the Caitlyn Jenner award.
“I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can honor a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show. For an individual who is such a positive role model in many aspects of her life, Caitlyn has failed to do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions. I would hope that someone who seems to greatly value the importance of human existence would be more sensitive to the fact that she ended another person’s life. Sadly we are living in a tabloid society.”
According to what law enforcement insiders supposedly told TMZ about any potential criminal charges, Caitlyn Jenner might only face a misdemeanor for ordinary negligence/inattentiveness rather than a more serious felony as a result of the multi-vehicle pileup that claimed one life, although the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department continues to probe into the circumstances of the collision.
“Jenner, who had yet to come out as Caitlyn at the time of the incident, did send condolences to Howe’s family members following the accident, and has been cooperating with authorities in the ongoing investigation of the incident,” Us Weekly reported.
As a spin-off from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jenner’s much-anticipated reality series I am Cait premieres on the E! network on July 26.
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