Reagan shooter John Hinckley apologizes to Jodie Foster as he wins unconditional release

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John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot and wounded former U.S. leader Ronald Reagan, has apologized to Jodie Foster for dragging her into the 1981 drama.

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The would-be assassin has been granted an unconditional release by a federal judge and could be a free man by next summer.

And speaking through his lawyer outside the court in Washington D.C. on Monday (27Sep21), Hinckley, whose actions left three other people nursing injuries outside a hotel in the same city, admitted he was wrong to think that by shooting Reagan he’d win Foster’s attention.

In a note written just before his attack on Reagan, Hinckley, now 66, stated: “This letter is being written only an hour before I leave for the Hilton Hotel. Jodie, I’m asking you to please look into your heart and at least give the chance, with this historical deed, to gain your love and respect.”

As a result, the Oscar-winning actress has always been linked to the attempt on Reagan’s life.

On Monday, Hinckley’s lawyer said his client wished to express his “profound regret” to Foster and his victims.

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