PPD Black Henna and endangering or assault charges (a wake up call for black henna!)

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 17, 2000 at 15:09:45:

A little legal council from my friendly household legal source:

If a henna artist applies black henna containing ppd to a person, the artist could be theoretically arrested for negligent endangerment or assault. Why? PPD black henna causes bodily harm and injury. (See link below) Causing bodily harm and injury to another is assault. If the client has gotten blistered and scarred by the PPD black henna, the artist could be arrested on assault charges. The prosecuting attourney would make some decisions about how the charges would shape up. Criminal negligence, intent to endanger, grievous bodily harm .... that sort of laundry list. In a criminal case, the prosecution would prove by the MD's reports that ppd had been used (and the artist's plea of ignorance or waivers signed would mean precisely "JACK"). The artist could face paying all that client's med bills AND damages ...and maybe do some time.
If a festival owner knows someone is using PPD black henna at his festival and someone is harmed, the owner could be held liable for negligence in a civil siut and made to pay damages for pain and suffering.

If you use black henna, you better make certain you can PROVE to a court toxicologist that your henna is SAFE and has NO PPD of any sort. You might need to turn your kit over to the police one day as evidence in an assault case. Your liver, kidneys and children would appreciate the tests, too. Losing your health is even less fun than losing your freedom and money. Check that link below if you think I'm kidding.

If I were an enterprising young lawyer, I'd take a walk on the Venice Beach boardwalk with a notebook in hand.

If you can PROVE that your "black henna" has only absolutely harmless ingredients .... live long and prosper.

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