Oscar crasher criminal charges dropped

« Why does Hollywood need a special party-crasher law? | Main | Warner Bros. wins jury verdict in trial over Eastwood film »

Oscar crasher criminal charges dropped

Mon Aug 02, 2010 @ 10:53AM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Avila EXCLUSIVE: Criminal charges have been dismissed against the actor detained outside the Academy Awards in March for trying to attend without a ticket.

Michael AvMen (aka Michael Avila), who filed a civil suit against the Academy in April for $50 million claiming false imprisonment after he and his wife were detained for hours outside the Kodak Theater, found himself the subject of a criminal trespass complaint earlier this month by the City Attorney of Los Angeles. 

The Venezuela-born actor, who says he has small parts in the upcoming "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Straw Dogs," argued that his publicist arranged for him to attend the March 7 ceremony. But the couple arrived on the red carpet without tickets -- a big no-no in Oscarland -- and the Academy pounced. It later fired back with a cross-complaint against the AvMens alleging trespass and claiming that the Texas-based couple admitted in custody that they never had tickets to the event. The case is interesting in light of the debate in the California legislature over a proposed law that would broaden the state's definition of trespassing to target Hollywood party-crashers.

Now the criminal charges against the AvMens have been dropped gone and the two sides can focus on battling in civil court.

Both AvMen and the Academy declined to comment.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Oscar crasher criminal charges dropped:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.