Reported by The New York Post, the Broadway producer, Ben Sprecher, who helped created Rebecca, was booked on Tuesday on charges child pornography possession. The 65-year-old was taken into custody by federal agents around 6:00 am while at his home on West 122nd Street in Morningside Heights.
Federal agents combed through his home, looking for evidence while others took Ben away to the station. The case was spearheaded by both the New York Police Department as well as Homeland Security investigations.
This comes after the failed opening of the 2012 aforementioned broadway production, Rebecca The Musical, which failed on account of Mark Hotton, who supposedly scammed Ben out of approximately $60,000 fees while claiming to line up around $4.5 million investments.
Hotton was convicted guilty and received two years and ten months in a federal penitentiary in 2014. Coincidentally, another man named Ben Sprecher had to differentiate himself between the Broadway Ben Sprecher. You can see this tweet below:
For the record, I'M NOT THAT BEN SPRECHER.https://t.co/fO5eH8xd4l
— Ben Sprecher (@bensprecher) August 13, 2019
This won’t be the only time an entertainment figure has been accused of possessing child pornography. In addition to R. Kelly, who is currently up on a plethora of charges regarding the abuse of minors, there was the infamous case of Mark Salling back in 2017, which took the entire fanbase of the series by surprise.
Mark Salling, formerly the star of Glee, reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to possessing child pornography. The actor admitted he had images of prepubescent children.
Moreover, the authorities found approximately 50,000 images of child porn on Salling’s computers. Prosecutors and the actor agreed to a sentence of between four and seven years. He would have to register as a sex offender, pay restitution, and also obey certain parameters in terms of where he can live.
According to a report from CNN from the 18th of January, 2018, Mark, who portrayed Puck on Fox’s musical series, Glee, died at the age of 35 from suicide. TMZ reported that Mark died by hanging. The actor climbed a tree and hung himself from it.
TMZ also claimed Salling tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists in August of 2017. However, his lawyer said the reports weren’t true.