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Former Entertainment Industry Executive
Charged with Wiretapping Competition

July 30, 2004



LOS ANGELES – A former entertainment industry executive was charged today with wiretapping a one-time employer over a 2-1/2-year period while he was working for two other television production companies, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Randolph Steve Webster, 38 (dob 5-3-1966), of Manhattan Beach, surrendered early today to District Attorney’s investigators, was booked and freed on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 9 in Division 30 of Los Angeles Superior Court.
Webster, former executive at Fox FX, Sony Pictures and Universal Television Group, was charged yesterday in a felony complaint for arrest warrant. The complaint (BA 268352) charges the defendant with one count of wiretapping, a felony violation of Section 631(a) of the California Penal Code. It was alleged the illegal wiretapping occurred between July 31, 2001, and Jan. 20, 2004.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey McGrath of the High Tech Crime Unit of the Consumer Protection Division said Webster was employed by Fox FX from 1999 to July 2001 as vice president of publicity. The prosecutor said that Webster was terminated by Fox FX in July 2001.

After Fox FX, the defendant first worked for Sony Pictures as vice president for corporate communications and marketing, and was involved in planning for the Game Show Network, McGrath said. He said in October 2002, Webster was hired as senior vice president for communications for Universal Television Group. He no longer works at Universal, the prosecutor noted.
McGrath said the District Attorney’s office launched an investigation in October 2003 after receiving a complaint that Webster was believed to have been accessing weekly staff meetings of Fox FX executives via telephone lines. The investigation included search warrants served on the defendant’s home and office in February of this year.

If convicted of the single count, Webster could be sentenced to a maximum of three years in state prison.
He is married to UCLA tennis coach Stella Sampras Webster, the sister of Pete Sampras.



Former FX Publicist Gets Probation

By Linda Haugsted 1/10/2005

Former FX Networks publicity executive Randolph Steven Webster has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $22,607 in restitution to his former employer to resolve charges that he illegally listened into weekly teleconferences at the cable network and spread the information he gleaned.
 

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ella andry said:
Thanks :) but I didn't like what I red... :sad: :sad: It must had been terible time for Stella and whole family!
wow, i never heard that story...how did you find that article? i am sure they must have been going thru some bad times having made that public... :eek:
 

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wow, i never heard that story...how did you find that article? i am sure they must have been going thru some bad times having made that public... :eek:
I found it on the official web site of L. A. County District Attorney's Office and there was an (archived) article in L. A. Observed Newespaper :sad: :sad: :wavey:
 

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ella andry said:
I found it on the official web site of L. A. County District Attorney's Office and there was an (archived) article in L. A. Observed Newespaper :sad: :sad: :wavey:


I read that article sometime last year - but it wasn't that big of a news here - and he will not serve any jail time - lots of people do wire tapping here in the States daily - the Government does it to one every single persons living here - yet it is a crimiminal offense. :confused: :( :rolleyes: :eek:
 
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