Tamahori gets probation in bizarre case

Feb. 23, 2006 at 9:18 PM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Film director Lee Tamahori was sentenced Thursday to three years probation for allegedly propositioning a Los Angeles police officer.

The director of "Along Came a Spider," "Mulholland Falls" and "Die Another Day" pleaded guilty to trespassing, and prosecutors dismissed charges of soliciting and loitering, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police said Tamahori was wearing a dress, a long black wig and makeup when he allegedly approached an undercover officer on Jan. 8 and offered to perform oral sex in exchange for money.

In addition to the three years probation, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Chester Horn ordered Tamahori to attend AIDS education classes and clean graffiti in Hollywood.

Tamahori's attorney, Mark Geragos, said after the hearing his client was back at work and "pleased with the disposition."

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