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CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 05:54 AM
Nov. 15, 2002. 11:14 PM

Actors Reubens, Jones busted in kid porn probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Paul Reubens, best known as Pee-wee Herman, and actor Jeffrey Jones of Ferris Bueller's Day Off were charged Friday in a year-old child pornography investigation.

Jones, 56, best known as the high school principal in Ferris Bueller, was charged with hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos and possessing child pornography, authorities said.

"The charges do not involve any sex act being performed or any video or film being taken," said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

Jones' lawyer, Jeffrey Brodey, told the Los Angeles Times newspaper the charges are "all about photos. There's no allegations of any touching or any improper acts with a minor."

Brodey did not immediately return a phone call Friday.

Reubens was charged with one misdemeanour count of possessing materials depicting children under 18 engaged in sexual conduct, said Ana Garcia, a spokeswoman for the city attorney's office.

Reubens' lawyer, Blair Berk, said in a statement the charge was untrue.

"Mr. Reubens has never at any time knowingly possessed any artwork from his extensive vintage and antique art collection even remotely related to anything improper," he said.

Jones surrendered to police Thursday and was freed on $20,000 bail; he is scheduled to be arraigned next week. If convicted, he faces three years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life, Gibbons said.

The District Attorney's office determined there was no evidence of a felony in Reubens' case and referred it to the City Attorney's office for possible prosecution as a misdemeanour, she said.

Reubens, 50, surrendered to police Friday and was released after posting $20,000 bail. He will be arraigned Dec. 19 and faces a maximum of one year in county jail and a $2,500 fine.

In 1991, Reubens pleaded no contest to an indecent-exposure charge after being arrested in a Sarasota, Fla., movie theatre. After that, his children's television show was cancelled and his star faded but he has played supporting roles in the films Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Blow.

A widely recognized character actor, Jones played the music-loving Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, the mentalist Criswell in Ed Wood and the father in Beetlejuice.

Authorities searched the homes of both men Nov. 16, 2001, the district attorney and city attorney said. The statute of limitations on the misdemeanours would have run out Saturday if charges had not been filed.

Materials taken from Reubens were unrelated to the Jones case, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Reubens and Jones are acquaintances and both cases stem from the same investigation, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office.

Picol
Nov 16th, 2002, 06:23 AM
This story is high on the Headlines in Oz, except for one major difference. Paul Reubens has not been mentioned once. It is all about Jones. What gives here?

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 06:58 AM
"Reubens was charged with one misdemeanour count of possessing materials depicting children under 18 engaged in sexual conduct, said Ana Garcia, a spokeswoman for the city attorney's office."


this is it picol.

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 07:07 AM
Pee-wee's Child-Porn Charge

by Marcus Errico
Nov 15, 2002, 6:00 PM PT

First Ferris Bueller's Jeffrey Jones, now Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) has been rung up on a kiddie-porn charge.

Reubens, 50, turned himself in late Friday afternoon at the LAPD's Hollywood station. He was booked on the misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography--or in legal parlance, material depicting children under 18 engaged in sexual conduct. He posted $20,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court December 19 for arraignment.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and a $2,500 fine, according to Ana Garcia, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles City Attorney.

Reubens' rep says the "claims are completely without merit. He's going to be completely vindicated at the end of the day."

Jones, best known as truant-hunting principal Ed Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, surrendered to police Thursday on a felony charge of "using a minor for prohibitive acts" and possessing child pornography, a misdemeanor.

Authorities accuse Jones of hiring a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos.

The 56-year-old actor was released after posting a $20,000 bond and is due in court for arraignment next Thursday.

If convicted, Jones faces up to three years in state prison and will have to register as a sex offender for life, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

D.A. rep Sandi Gibbons stressed that in both cases "the charges do not involve any sex act being performed or any video or film being taken."

Although part of the same investigation, the two cases are unrelated, authorities said. Herman was investigated after a minor came to the LAPD and accused the entertainer of sexual misconduct, according to police Captain Sharon Buck. (Reubens has not been charged with any such crime.)

Because authorities raided the homes of both men November 16, 2001, the statute of limitations on the misdemeanors would have run out at midnight Friday.

At Reubens' home, police carted off boxes containing the actor's erotic art collection, videos and personal computers, but, according to his lawyer, no child pornography. On Friday, Reubens' attorney, Blair Berk, issued a statement saying, "Mr. Reubens has never at any time knowingly possessed any artwork from his extensive vintage and antique art collection even remotely related to anything improper."

Last year, the lawyer told E! Online that Reubens was the victim of a financially motivated smear campaign.

Reubens, still most famous for his role as Pee-wee Herman, which spawned a movie franchise and the CBS kids show Pee-wee's Playhouse, has steadily reclaimed his career since an embarrassing 1991 arrest at an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida.

He was charged with exposing himself and masturbating during a screening of the X-rated gem Nancy Nurse. Reubens pleaded no contest and was slapped with a fine and community service, but the damage was done. The case attained full-blown media-circus status, and the resulting publicity led CBS to cancel his kiddie show.

Since then, he has worked tirelessly to rebuild his reputation, appearing on TV in Ally McBeal and as the host of the short-lived You Don't Know Jack and such films as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mystery Men. Last year, he scored a scene-stealing role in the Johnny Depp drug saga Blow and made a cameo in the Elton John video "This Train Don't Stop There Any More." He also recently announced plans to revive Pee-wee on the big screen.

Picol
Nov 16th, 2002, 07:17 AM
I know what you are saying Choco and you have the facts to back up what you are saying. but in Australia, Peewee is not being mentioned, at all.

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 07:19 AM
ok picol - :)

It's really sad because he had worked really hard to reestablish his career.

Picol
Nov 16th, 2002, 07:24 AM
Do not get me wrong. it is only sad if he is innocent and considering his past, I doubt he is.

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 12:11 PM
I think he needs help.

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 02:15 PM
If true, this is a shame as well.

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 04:40 PM
:)

CHOCO
Nov 16th, 2002, 11:30 PM
This guy should get help.

DeniseM
Nov 17th, 2002, 01:56 AM
Is this news? Didn't we all already know about Pee Wee Herman from his past problems?