Paparazzi photog Ron Galella asked Brando to remove his sunglasses for just a few pictures when Brando uncorked a right hook that broke his right jaw. The run in occured on Manhattan Street as Cavett and Brando were walking towards a Chinatown restaurant after taping ABC-TV's The Dick Cavett Show.
On the Cavett show Brando, who had just returned from Tahiti, devoted most of his 90 minute interview to a plea for Indian rights. He said he never got to Wounded Knee, S.D. to join the Indian protest there last March because he feared his presence would bring charges that he was part of a plot to grab headlines.
He had sent a Sasheen Littlefeather to the Academy Awards ceremony and she had said he was on his way to Wounded Knee where he felt he would be of better use.