The drama surrounding Oliver Stone’s latest film
project in Shreveport is starting to resemble, well, an Oliver Stone movie.
Having set up shop in North Louisiana for the past three months to film Stone's new biopic of President Bush, actors Josh
Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with five film crew members, were arrested
last weekend after a brawl broke out at the StrayCat bar. A dozen police
officers descended on the scene to book the Hollywood visitors on
charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and entering and remaining.
Now, new details are surfacing that Shreveport police used tasers and pepper
spray in apprehending the crew, as well as allegedly firing off a racial slur
at African American actor Wright.
Shreveport station KTBS reports that a taser
was used on Wright and that both he and Brolin were pepper sprayed. An
anonymous witness tells the station that a cell phone video – now in the hands
of the actors’ California attorney – captured part of the incident. A trial is
tentatively set for December. Police Chief Henry Whitehorn isn’t talking, other
than to say he is reviewing the new allegations regarding his officers’ conduct. International press, including The Gaurdian, is picking up on the story, as well as
multiple celebrity news sites. Hollywood gossip webzine TMZ.com cites its own inside sources to report that actor Brolin “was observed by witnesses attempting
to make peace and standing still as he was repeatedly sprayed in the eyes by
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.