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Car crashes into Lee Strasberg acting studio in West Hollywood

Map: The location of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood. Click to enlarge. The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood canceled classes Monday after a car crashed through the wall of the renowned performing arts school on Santa Monica Boulevard.

No one was injured in the Friday afternoon accident near Hayworth Avenue, which occurred when a Mercedes S500 rear-ended a stationary Toyota Camry. The Camry then “careened from the street, over the sidewalk, and through our wall as if it was desperate to take a seat in the Stage Lee theatre. He almost made it to the back row,” David Lee Strasberg, the school's creative director and chief executive, wrote on its website.

It appeared the Camry driver, who was in his 80s, was attempting to pull over to the side of the street after his car was rear-ended, and he may have mistaken the gas pedal for the brake, said Sgt. Kristin Aloma of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station.

There was no structural damage to the building, David Strasberg, son of famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, who founded the studio in 1969 with his wife, Anna, wrote on the website.

The school plans to resume classes Tuesday.

-- Amina Khan

Map: The location of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood. Click to enlarge. Credit: Google Maps

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