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Actress Sean Young among 10 arrested during Oscar festivities

February 28, 2012 |  6:44 am

Actress Sean Young was among 10 people arrested during and after Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, officials said
Actress Sean Young was among 10 people arrested during and after Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, officials said.

Most of the arrests, which included misdemeanors and felonies, were for fraudulent, lapsed or nonexistent credentials, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.

Young was the most high-profile arrest. She was taken into custody after an altercation with security guards as she tried to enter an Academy Awards after-party.

Young was involved in "some type of physical altercation" and taken into custody by the person she was fighting with, police said. Police sources said it was a security guard at the ball who made the arrest.

In an interview with People magazine, Young said she did nothing wrong and blamed the security guard for the incident. She demanded an apology. She was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and released on $20,000 bail about 3 a.m., according to jail records. She is scheduled to appear in court March 19.

The Los Angeles Police Department, the private firm SIS security and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been "very serious" about enforcing the law "to the letter" in connection with the ceremony, Smith said.

"There are no warnings, there are no second chances," he said. "You break the law, you go to jail."

Among others arrested was an Israeli journalist who police said went onto the red carpet about 11 p.m., after his temporary media pass had expired. Ran Monkaz was booked on suspicion of trespassing, the LAPD said.

Two sisters who were sold phony credentials were booked for attempting to gain entrance to the theater using false or fraudulent credentials, officials said. A man, Jamiah Anderson, was also arrested and charged with forgery and using false credentials, officials said.

Police said they later determined that the sisters, Maria and Beatriz Aguirre, had been sold their credentials by Anderson.


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Photo: Nominees, celebrities and others gather outside the theater before Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times