Thursday, February 09, 2017
Criminal Charges Against 5 Casting Workshops Brought by LA City Attorney
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has filed criminal misdemeanor charges against the operators of five casting workshops for allegedly charging actors for auditions in violation of the state's Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009. If convicted, each of the 28 defendants – including 18 local casting directors - could face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
SAG-AFTRA said it supports the prosecutions and will continue to work with the city.Preying on the hopes and dreams of artists is one of the oldest scams in Hollywood,said Duncan Crabtree Ireland, the union's chief operating officer and general counsel.We thank City Attorney Mike Feuer for enforcing the law and taking action to hold people accountable when they violate the law and take advantage of vulnerable people's dreams. We will continue to work with the City Attorney's Office to help protect our members and future members
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