Weinstein accused of misusing ankle monitor
NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor, which left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday.
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi made the claim at a pretrial hearing for Weinstein after he hobbled into court with what his lawyer later described as a back ailment. Illuzi told a judge he had repeatedly violated his bail conditions by leaving home a piece of the monitoring technology that keeps the ankle bracelet activated.
“None of these violations were accidental,” Illuzzi said while arguing that Weinstein's bail should be raised from $1 million to $5 million while he awaits trial next month on rape and assault charges.
Defense attorney Donna Rotunno denied it was anything deliberate, blaming “technical glitches” like dead batteries.
"It has nothing to do with any manipulation of the bracelet," Rotunno told reporters after leaving court. She acknowledged that on at least one occasion, he'd forgotten part of the device when he left the house. “The minute he realized he forgot it, he made a phone call.”
Veteran producer Goldberg dies
LOS ANGELES — Leonard Goldberg, a network and studio executive and producer whose TV credits ranged from “Starsky and Hutch” in the 1970s to the current drama series “Blue Bloods” and whose independent movies included “WarGames” and “Sleeping with the Enemy,” has died. He was 85.
Goldberg died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from injuries suffered in a fall, according to a statement issued Thursday on behalf of his family, who were with him at the hospital.
During his tenure as president of Twentieth Century Fox, the studio produced hit films including “Broadcast News,” “Big,” “Die Hard” and “Wall Street.”
Goldberg was head of programming for ABC when the network’s lineup included “Mod Squad,” “That Girl” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”
Starting in the 1970s, he joined with prolific TV producer Aaron Spelling to make shows including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hart to Hart” and “Fantasy Island” and TV movies including “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” with John Travolta.
Jaclyn Smith, who starred in the “Charlie’s Angels,” said in a statement that their shared work history led to “a truly wonderful friendship. I have the greatest respect for him not only professionally but more importantly as a loving family man. Len, you are now truly surrounded by angels.”
As a production executive at Screen Gems, now Columbia Pictures Television, Goldberg green-lit production of the Peabody Award-winning TV movie “Brian’s Song.”
Goldberg’s survivors include his wife, Wendy Howard Goldberg, their children and grandchildren.