Detective who worked for 'Bling Ring' movie on desk duty
A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been placed on desk duty following a Times investigation that revealed he served as a paid consultant on a Hollywood film without department permission.
An LAPD spokesman said Friday that veteran officer Brett Goodkin has been taken off of any investigative duties pending an internal investigation into why he did not file an off-duty work permit to participate in the Sofia Coppola-directed film "The Bling Ring."
Goodkin earned between $5,000 and $6,000 for serving as a technical advisor and playing himself in the production, based on the ongoing case he helped crack involving a gaggle of San Fernando Valley youths who burglarized the homes of Hollywood celebrities.
Goodkin did not inform the Los Angeles County district attorney's office of his role with the film.
The D.A.'s office is still evaluating how Goodkin’s role would affect the case. Attorney David Diamond, who represents Roy Lopez. Jr, one of the three remaining defendants, said he has subpoenaed the payroll records of Coppola's movie. And Robert A. Schwartz, the lawyer for defendant Courtney Leigh Ames, said he plans to insist that the felony charges against his client -- receiving stolen property, residential burglary and conspiracy to complete residential burglary -- be dismissed.
"My client's fortunes are significantly affected by this, because the heart of the prosecution’s case is Goodkin's claim that my client made a confession to him that was not recorded," Schwartz said.
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Sofia Coppola, director of "The Bling Ring." Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press