Oscar crasher criminal charges droppedMon Aug 02, 2010 @ 10:53AM PST
By Matthew Belloni
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.