ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 03, 1978
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(Studio) Past rumors of questionable practices in movie industry in Hollywood reported; actor Sean Connery's hiring of accountant to ensure he got all money due from movies noted. New scandal involving product chief of Columbia Pictures is subject of report
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Hollywood, California) Scenes from movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" shown; film's success noted. Columbia Pictures' past financial troubles, co.'s success after David Begelman took over as president and Begelman's recent troubles involving admitted embezzlement from company and cashing of check made out to actor Cliff Robertson detailed. Begelman's leave of absence for psychiatric care and return to Burbank studios as president of Columbia noted, along with Robertson's complaints about no prosecution with regard to cashed check. [Deputy district attorney Walt LEWIS - notes investigation of check matter still in progress and determination to be made re: bringing charges.] Receipt of call from Robertson by Lewis and detective Bob Elias of Burbank police outlined. Begelman's planned libel suit against publishers of "New West" and "New York" mags., on basis that stories in mags. based largely on interview with late Judy Garland's husband Sid Luft detailed. Ind. reaction to scandal described, along with speculation as to Begelman's future. [Actor Tony CURTIS - outlines Columbia's concerns and possible outcome for Begelman.] Film of Curtis' statement is from February 1 segment of the "Stanley Siegel Show." Columbia's quiet support for Begelman and company president's possible dependence on district attorney's decision with regard to prosecution for his future noted.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
(Studio) Movie director Roman Polanski's appearance in Paris, France, after leaving United States prior to sentencing on conviction of morals charge reported
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Paris, France) Polanski's reported plans to stay in seclusion in Paris, French law against extradition of director, because he's French citizen, and unlikelihood of French prosecution of him noted.
REPORTER: James Walker
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