'Rescue Dawn' film producer and wife plead not guilty

January 23, 2008 8:08:27 AM PST
A film producer and his wife have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of bribing a Thai government official to run an annual international film festival in Bangkok.

Gerald Green, 75, whose producer credits include "Rescue Dawn," and his wife, Patricia Green, 52, both of West Hollywood, were indicted last week on one count of conspiracy to bribe and six counts of bribing a foreign official.

A Feb. 26 trial date was set for the couple after their plea Tuesday. If convicted, they could each face up to 35 years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

The couple's business, Film Festival Management, was formed in 2002 to obtain contracts to manage and operate the annual Bangkok International Film Festival, according to the indictment.

The couple was arrested Dec. 17 at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving on a flight from Thailand.

The indictment claims the Greens conspired to pay more than $900,000 in bribes to the senior official, who at the time was president of the festival and governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, to obtain film festival contracts worth more than $7 million.

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