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2 film producers could get 10 yrs for bribery

August 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two West Hollywood movie producers are facing up to 10 years in federal prison for allegedly bribing a Thai official so they could run the Bangkok International Film Festival.Gerald and Patricia Green were convicted last fall of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They are the first people in the entertainment industry to be tried under the law.

Prosecutors said the Greens paid the former Thai head of tourism $2 million dollars for contracts to run the 2007 festival and a related tour that generated $13.5 million dollars in revenue.

Over the years the Thai festival has become a key part of the international film circuit.

Gerald Green's credits include "Salvador" and "Rescue Dawn." Patricia Green produced "Diamonds," a comedy starring Kirk Douglas.

Prosecutors asked for a minimum 10 years in prison, but the defense is asking for home detention.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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