Hollywood talent agent charged with violating scam law
A veteran Hollywood talent agent has been charged with multiple counts of violating the state's talent-scam prevention law, officials said Tuesday.
Patrick W. O'Brien, 51, owner of Pat O'Brien Talent Management and Talent Marketing and Promotions Inc., was charged this week with six criminal counts, including grand theft, false advertising, operating an advance-fee talent representation service and failing to file a $50,000 bond with the state Labor Commission.
The charges stemmed from a complaint filed by an Arizona mother who moved to California with her 15-year-old son after he was invited by O'Brien's group to audition for a part in a teen sitcom. The mother claimed that the audition was a ploy to sign a management contract with O'Brien, and she paid nearly $3,000 for a photo shoot and acting classes.
Read more about O'Brien and the talent-scam charges at the Times' Company Town blog.
-- Richard Verrier