A top Hollywood executive who once managed Kevin Spacey is charged with assault after she nearly ran over a police officer in Beverly Hills in November.
As the New York Post reports, Joanne Horowitz, who once managed Kevin Spacey, was involved in a bizarre incident in early November, just before the election. After purchasing some shoes in Beverly Hills, she got caught in a protest of former president Trump’s supporters, and drove the wrong way down Beverly Drive, perhaps to escape the protesters. Police attempted to pull her over, but she allegedly fled, with a police officer on her tail, who eventually pulled her over again.
“As the officer was contacting the driver a second time, she remained uncooperative, turned her steering wheel toward the officer and fled in her vehicle, causing the officer to have to jump out of the way to avoid being struck,” the Beverly Hills police department told the New York Post, adding that Horowitz was eventually arrested.
Video of the incident appears to show Horowitz’s Mercedes SUV surrounded by protesters before the woman drives off, appearing to come very close to hitting a police officer standing close to the hood of the vehicle. Horowitz then drives away from the crowd, now with multiple motorcycle officers behind her. The video suggests that she continued to resist police efforts to apprehend her until they ultimately caught up with her.
As she is being handcuffed outside her vehicle, protesters can be heard chanting “Lock her up! Lock her up!.”
According to Page Six, Horowitz has been charged with assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, evading a police officer, and resisting or obstructing a public officer. In a statement, her attorney insisted that Horowitz is innocent.
We would like to be clear in that we unequivocally maintain her innocence,” the attorney said, according to the report. “At the time of the incident, Ms. Horowitz was under extreme duress as she was being accosted by a maskless sheriff and surrounded by angry protesters who were attacking her vehicle screaming ‘lock her up’ as well as anti-Semitic remarks.”
Horowitz was reportedly released on $75,000 bond and is due back in court in February.
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