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Hangover Producer Scott Budnick Among Those Putting National Heat on LA Sheriff Lee Baca

A report from the Southern California ACLU on the dangerous state of LA County’s jail system is garnering national attention. The ACLU was able to round up three civilian witnesses who came on the record to talk about witnessing severe cases of unprovoked deputy on inmate beatings. Interestingly, among those to talk is Hangover producer Scott Budnick, who volunteers inside the LA jail system. Budnick says he witnessed multiple cases of abuse. In one instance he saw deputies kicking and punching a inmate on the floor, all while shouting “stop resisting.”

Also of note: In its story on the ACLU report, the New York Times picked up on the story of Juan Pablo Reyes, whose story I broke in my LA Justice Report piece “Dangerous Jails” a little over a week ago. Reyes says he was beaten by deputies, stripped naked and thrown in a cell with gang members who raped him repeatedly inside Men’s Central Jail. The Times doesn’t mention Reyes by name, but they lede with his story.

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Clintons Head Back to Hollywood

clintons.jpegHollywood is bringing out a few heavyweights to help the Hillary Clinton presidential bid – and her husband is on board as well. Steve Bing, Scott Budnick, Ron Burkle, Michael Kives, David O’Connor and Lona Williams are hosting a reception with former President Bill Clinton on Sept. 18 at the Brentwood digs of O’Connor and Williams. An 8 p.m. VIP cocktail soiree is planned to go 30 minutes followed by the main reception immediately after. The difference between both comes down to price: it’s $250 (limited availability) or $500 a person for the main reception and $2,300 a head for the early VIP toast. It is open to the public so if you’re interested in schmoozing the Clintons and some CAA agents while contributing to Hilary’s campaign fund, click here.
- CHRIS GARDNER