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Charges Against Sex Film Maker Dropped

All charges against a Woodland Hills sex film producer were dropped Wednesday because of a recent state Supreme Court ruling barring the use of anti-pandering laws against producers of sexually explicit films.

Van Nuys Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe dismissed the seven pandering counts against Jerry Tennenbaum, 42.

Tennenbaum was arrested in 1985 by Los Angeles police in a raid at a private home on Mulholland Drive in North Hollywood where two sex movies were being filmed.

The case had been postponed repeatedly to await the Supreme Court ruling in the Los Angeles County case against Harold Freeman, a Hollywood film maker who had turned out more than 100 sex movies as part of an estimated $500 million-a-year adult film business.

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The court in August overturned Freeman’s conviction, ruling that the Legislature did not intend for the 1982 felony anti-pandering statute to be used against adult film makers.


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