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Braunstein Trial Update


Catching up on the trial of ex-WWD reporter Peter Braunstein, accused of brutally holding a former co-worker against her will in her apartment:

The New York Timescourtroom account:

Her demeanor on the witness stand was calm and crisp as she testified on Monday about being dosed with chloroform, stripped and tied to her bed by a masked man on Oct. 31, 2005.

From The Post:

Yesterday, on day two of testimony in the grotesque and riveting case, the focus was on the victim’s utter emotional collapse once he left her apartment and her 13-hour ordeal finally ended … “There are people in uniform standing out there,” she told the 911 operator. “But I don’t know if they’re police. I don’t know. I don’t trust anybody. Please, help me!”

The Daily News weighs in:

And as the victim was rushed to the hospital, cops found the sick parting message that Braunstein had scrawled in makeup on the mirror. “BYE – HOPE THINGS TURN AROUND FOR U SOON,” it said. Grillo and Robinette were followed on the stand yesterday by an emergency room doctor who said the victim suffered chemical burns and severe rope burns. The doctor said there was no evidence of rape.


  • Brain Scan Reveals Braunstein’s ‘Nuts’ [FBNY]
  • Woman: Braunstein Knocked Me Out With Chloroform Rag, Tied Me Up (Daily Eagle)
  • 911 Call Played in NYC Sex-Assault Trial [NYT]
  • Braunstein Trial Gets Underway With Victim’s Testimony [Gothamist]
  • Braunstein trial: The Victim’s Chilling 911 Call [Daily News]
  • Prosecutor: Braunstein had a ‘well-devised plan’ for NYC attack [WMC-TV5]
  • ‘Fire Fiend’ Story Has Post Seeing Things [Radar]
  • New York Times Building Sold: $525 Million


    Tishman Speyer is selling the NYT‘s old building on 43rd street to Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev for about $525 million, almost three times what the former company paid for the spot in 2004.

    Unrelated to the sale, the paper is moving down the street to a beautiful new skyscraper. Sounds like a pretty good trade to us.


  • Maybe It’s Time For The Times To Start Covering Leview [Room Eight]
  • Tom Brady’s Baby-Momma-To-Be Does New York Press Junket Without Mentioning Brady

    Was Martha given a gag order on Brady?

    Bridget Moynahan, ex-girlfriend of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his baby-momma-to-be, was in New York this morning to promote the upcoming ABC series Six Degrees. Moynahan appeared on Martha and Regis & Kelly and — miraculously — the subject of Brady never came up.

    You don’t think Moynahan’s people requested a gag order on Brady questions, do you? And, if they did, there’s no way Kelly Ripa would comply, right?

    The Longmeadow, Mass., native told Kelly Ripa and fill-in host Neil Patrick Harris that she only had to cover her growing belly with a purse for one episode. There was no mention, however, of the baby’s father, Tom Brady.

    Ditto for Martha:

    MS: Now wouldn’t you (to the audience) like to look like that (while pregnant- referring to Bridget)? What month are you in?

    BM: I’m almost five months. This week (it will be) five months.

    MS: Five months pregnant! Are you excited about being a mom?

    BM: I am. I’m a little nervous cause I haven’t done it before, but you know I have little nephews and its always nice to spend time with them especially around the holidays.

    Way to ask the tough questions, ladies.


  • ‘Please Do Not Ask Ashton Kutcher Any ‘Personal’ Questions’
  • Governator Goes Green

    outside_green.jpgAnother globally-warmed day, another consumer magazine — this time Outside — devotes an issue to the oh-so-trendy “green revolution.” In a green twist, Outside went with California actor-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, bumping the popular cover choice for all things environmental, Al Gore, off its cover.

    The magazine is donating $1 of each newsstand copy sold to the Conservation Alliance, which, given the state of the newsstand magazine industry, should generate $47, easy.

  • Outside


  • SI Goes Green
  • Green Envy: Another Enviro-Friendly Title To Launch
  • The Greening of Al Gore
  • The Greening of, Well, Everything
  • Killing Time In New York

    time_poy_you_fbny.jpgIf you’re into this sort of thing, some fascinating meta-media notes on Joe Hagan‘s piece on Time magazine in this week’s New York mag:

  • Editor Richard Stengel tells Hagan he wants Time to be a bit more like the Economist. Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey does not: “Well, that’s not the magazine we’re making. To say that we’re going down that road is not where we’re going.” Stengel later amends his description.

  • Stengel calls new Time columnist Joel Stein “a god to people in their twenties and thirties.”
  • Huey on his Time legacy: “Ex-CEOs don’t mean spit. And neither do ex-editors-in-chief.”
  • Read more

    American Media Inc.’s Anthrax-Tainted Office Reopens In Boca; Can AMI Be Far Behind?

    ami_attacks.jpgThe Boca Raton offices David Pecker fled following a 2001 anthrax attack have reopened:

    Tabloid publisher American Media Inc.’s former headquarters was reopened Thursday after years of decontamination from an anthrax attack that killed a photo editor six years ago. Boca Raton Mayor Steve Abrams said the building’s opening sends a message to those who carried out the still-unsolved attack on the former offices of the National Enquirer, Sun and Globe tabloid newspapers. “We will not be intimidated by terrorism in Boca Raton or anywhere else as Americans,” Abrams said.

    No tenants as of yet. Developer David Rustine bought the 67,200-square-foot building for $40,000 in April 2003.


  • On Anthrax And In Defense of American Media
  • Newest Star Editor: Pecker Nabs Natty Enquirer‘s Trunzo
  • Pecker’s Peccadilloes: AMI Chief Loses Battle Against Porn Parker
  • YouTube Defeats Brazilian Supermodel For Sex Tape Rights

    brazil_youtube_sexvideo.jpgIn a story that’s more about fledgling Internet video laws than sexy supermodels, chalk one up for the geeks. According to the AP, Sao Paulo state Supreme Court Justice Enio Santarelli Zuliani told Internet service providers across the country to stop blocking their users’ access to YouTube.

    The controversy revolves around a sex tape of supermodel and Brazil MTV host Daniela Cicarelli, um, enjoying the ocean with her banker boyfriend. Months ago, at the behest of Ms. Cicarelli, a judge ordered that the footage be removed, but YouTube couldn’t stay ahead of the uploads. In response, Brasil Telecom SA and Spanish-owned Telefonica SA blocked the site from their servers yesterday, prompting Zuliani’s ruling.

    Given all the press, we would imagine that the beauty wishes she never opened her mouth in the first place.


  • Brazilian judge reverses YouTube ban []
  • The cause of the controversy []
  • Brazilian Waxing Clips YouTube [New York Post]

    — Noah Davis


  • Brazilian Court Orders YouTube Shutdown Over Sex Video
  • Writer Utilizes James Brown 20 All-Time Greatest Hits Tracklisting For Lede

    jb_greatest_hits.jpgHoward Gensler‘s lead from his Philadelphia Daily News article on the controversy surrounding the Brown estate:

    WHILE THE great James Brown is getting on the good foot with God, his longtime partner (when they weren’t fighting), Tomi Rae Hynie, 36, has been literally barred from his home on earth.

    The headline of the Gensler’s gem?: “Brown estate has her bewildered, in a cold sweat.”


  • James Brown Roundup: The Hardest-Working Adjectives In Newsbusiness [Gawker]


  • James Brown: Godfather Of YouTube