02-06-2006, 09:37 AM
I wonder if he is friends with Larry Wachowski...
02-06-2006, 10:49 AM
By Josh Grossberg
Fri Feb 3, 6:53 PM ET
Paging the producers of Casino Royale: We think we found your next Bond babe.
Lee Tamahori, the New Zealand filmmaker best known taking the directing reins on the last 007 adventure, Die Another Day, is facing prostitution charges after dressing as a woman and allegedly approaching an undercover police and offering to perform a sex act for cash.
Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney, says Tamahori was cruising Santa Monica Boulevard on Jan. 8, wearing a black wig and an off-the-shoulder dress, when he was caught up in an LAPD prostitution sting operation.
The 55-year-old filmmaker was subsequently charged with two misdemeanors: unlawfully soliciting to engage in an act of prostitution and loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. He was released after posting a $2,000 bond.
Tamahori was originally scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday, but the hearing was postponed until Feb. 24.
If convicted, he could face a maximum six months in jail and a $1,000 fine; however, Mateljan noted that first-time offenders are often given the option of doing community service to avoid jail time.
The director's A-list attorney, Mark Geragos, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Tamahori got his start in the Kiwi film biz as a boom operator before working his way up to first assistant director and then director. He broke into Hollywood with his acclaimed 1994 Maori drama, Once Were Warriors. His other key credits include Mulholland Falls, The Edge, Along Came a Spider and last year's Triple X: State of the Union.
02-06-2006, 11:25 AM
Ah, one of the left's political advisors seems to have committed a faux pas....
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