Gary Howsam cleared of all charges by U.S. Attorney's Office



    
    Howsam and legal team comment on the dismissal against the entertainment
    executive
    

    TORONTO and LOS ANGELES, April 29 /CNW/ - Established film producer and
former CEO of Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc., Gary Howsam commented today
on the U.S. Government's dismissal of all charges against Mr. Gary Howsam. Mr.
Howsam issued the following statement:

    
    "Today, I am thankful the U.S. Government has dropped the charges against
    me. Dealing with this matter has been most difficult.

    For eighteen months, my family and I have fought to clear my name and
    reputation against the false allegations leveled against me. I am deeply
    saddened by the impact that this incident has had on my family, my
    associates and my former colleagues. I'm thankful that I have finally
    been cleared of these charges.

    There are a number of individuals whose commitment and support has been
    unwavering. First and foremost, I want to thank my family for their
    never-ending love and enduring their own pain as a result of these
    circumstances. In particular, I wish to acknowledge my wife Brenda and my
    children Meryl, Josh and Jessica, without whose support I don't know how
    I would have survived this.

    I also wish to extend my most sincere appreciation to my legal team, led
    by attorney Donald Randolph, with attorney Greg Spano and associate
    Brittany Howe, for their tireless work and valued counsel."

    I cannot thank enough the many friends and business associates who
    supported me and gave me encouragement during these difficult times.

    I have faced personal and professional challenges as a result of this
    ordeal; however, I'm happy now to put this matter behind me and channel
    my energies and passion back into my work."

    Mr. Donald Randolph, one of Howsam's attorneys, also responded to the
dismissal of charges:

    "It is a very rare event for the U.S. Attorney's Office to move to
    dismiss an indictment after 18 months of litigation," said Randolph, lead
    attorney for Howsam, of Randolph & Associates in Santa Monica,
    California. "However, in this case, the government agreed to carefully
    review the compelling evidence uncovered by the defense investigation
    showing that the accusations against Gary Howsam were false.

    I applaud the prosecutors for their willingness to step back and re-
    evaluate the case in light of this new evidence. We trusted in their good
    faith by partially showing our hand before the trial. Our trust in their
    integrity was clearly well-founded.

    We have asserted Gary's innocence from the beginning, and we are
    gratified that he has been cleared of all charges. Dismissal was the
    right result."


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