Monday, February 27, 2006


Acting the part

Some crimes just aren't crimes. They're evidence of a mental defect or just bad taste, and neither should be the cause of punishment. That's my impression of the "crime" described in this AP report by Solvej Schou—
Film director Lee Tamahori pleaded no contest to criminal trespass in return for two prostitution charges against him being dropped, authorities said Thursday.

Tamahori, who was not present at the hearing, was placed on three years probation, ordered to attend an AIDS education course and perform 15 days of community service for the Hollywood Beautification Project, Mateljan said.

He will not be able to loiter, congregate in alleys or accept rides with the intent to engage in prostitution, the spokesman said.

At the time of his arrest, the 55-year-old director wore an off-the-shoulder dress and black wig, and allegedly approached the officer and got into his car, Mateljan said.

Tamahori is set to direct Jessica Biel, Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore in "Next," a sci-fi thriller based on Philip Dick's "The Golden Man," Variety reported Thursday.

The costumes should be grand.

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