Media Albrecht Deserved Much Worse
posted by May 11 at 18:01 PMon
Remember Chris Albrecht, the HBO executive who was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend in a parking lot? He blamed the assault on the demon alcohol; media reports focused almost exclusively on what the impact of the assault would be on Albrecht and his employers—ignoring entirely the crime and the victim herself. (As I noted, in an alternate universe, one where we cared more about domestic-violence victims than abusive cable-TV executives, the headline might be something like this: “HBO Executive Assaults Girlfriend, Girlfriend Presses Charges.” Instead, we were told that his leave comes at “an inopportune time” for the network.)
Well, The Smoking Gun has his police report, and it’s a doozy. When cops apprehended him, Albrecht had his hands around the woman’s throat and was dragging her along the ground. Albrecht’s excuse at the time?“She had pissed me off,” according to the report. He then “informed [the officer] that he was the CEO of HBO.” Hmmm, wonder why he considered that relevant information? The woman had red marks on her neck, but refused medical attention.
And the flood of stories about what a jerk Albrecht is and how he deserves to be fired and dragged into court in three, two… Oh, wait. Right. There won’t be one.
UPDATE: Albrecht’s penalty? A $1,000 fine. And—of course the story was in the arts section. Beautiful.