Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2001

Comedian Poundstone arrested

June 28, 2001

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— Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony lewd acts upon a child and child endangerment, the district attorney's office said.

Poundstone, 41, was charged with three counts of committing a lewd act on a girl under the age of 14. She was charged with endangering two other girls and two boys, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gina Satriano said in a statement.The charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 years.

"I have faith that the truth is the right thing," was the only statement a haggard-looking Poundstone made to reporters after she was released from jail on $200,000 bail.

"I know Paula Poundstone well enough to know these charges are 100 percent incorrect," her manager, Bonnie Burns, said in a statement. "She has been an incredible parent, she's made huge sacrifices to see that children who weren't dealt the best cards in life were well taken care of and she's always shown herself to be completely honorable and full of integrity.

"I believe when the truth comes out, you'll see these charges are unsubstantiated and without merit."

A single mother of two, Poundstone has also regularly taken in foster children.

Poundstone's lawyer, Steven Crone, criticized police for taking the entertainer into custody, saying Poundstone had been aware of the investigation for some time and was cooperating with authorities.

"They know where Paula has been and there was certainly no reason for them to go out and arrest her," he said.

The brassy comic, known for her one-liners about politics and life in general, has been a frequent guest on late-night talk shows over the years and is a regular panelist on the syndicated game show "To Tell the Truth."

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