Drabinsky’s famous pals plead for leniency

Letters of support flood in for the theatre impresario’s sentencing hearing

Show-biz is abuzz about the list of theatre-world luminaries who have written supportive letters asking for leniency in the upcoming sentencing hearing of convicted theatre impresario Garth Drabinsky, the Toronto Star reports. Broadway director Hal Prince, Stratford actor Martha Henry and author E.L. Doctorow are said to be among those who have penned praise for Drabinsky, though the letters’ contents will not be known until they are filed at the hearing, which today was postponed until later this week—or beyond. Drabinsky, who was convicted of fraud with his long-time partner Myron Gottlieb in March, faces a maximum penalty of up to 14 years in prison. Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto will likely be asked by the Crown to give Drabinsky and Gottlieb sentences of eight to 10 years each, the paper reports.

Toronto Star


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