Reality trumps fiction in latest Hollywood scandal

Thomas Lifson
The executive producer and a guiding light of Showtime's hit new series Ray Donovan has pleaded guilty in a huge scandal involving big names. It would seem Bryan Zuriff, credited with championing the series about a crooked Hollywood fixer, knows his demimonde material a little too well. Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com writes: Days after Showtime picked up his freshman drama for a second season, the series' executive producer Bryan Zuriff has pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling operation. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement today from New York that Zuriff faces up to five years in prison and has agreed to forfeit $500,000 as part of his plea deal, according to the statement. "Bryan Zuriff spanned the coasts with his crimes, by operating his own illegal gambling enterprise in Los Angeles, and helping to operate a vast illegal gambling enterprise in New York," Bharara said. "With his plea, he becomes the first defendant, but not the last, to be convicted in this...(Read Full Post)

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