Michael Avmen: Alleged Oscars Detainee Files Suit

April 23, 2010
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Michael Avmen claims he and his wife were held against their will by security at the Academy Awards for nearly six hours—and they want a pile of cash in return.

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A $50 million lawsuit has been filed against the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following this year’s show. And no, it isn’t because Hurt Locker snuffed out Avatar for Best Picture.

A ‘Hollywood newcomer’ named Michael Avmen had a little trouble procuring his tickets that night. That’s when the alleged draconian treatment began. An usher from the venue supposedly took him to a “resolution desk” to sort out the confusion. From there, Avmen says, he and his wife were held for six hours in the Academy’s detention center.

It’s unclear whether or not they were made to wear black hoods, or stand with their arms fully extended, but it doesn’t sound pleasant. The lawsuit purports that they were interrogated at length about how they made it to the red carpet without the appropriate passes.

I can’t help but picture Harrison Ford throwing a man out of the window of a Zeppelin, then casually stating “No, ticket.”

Anyway, they were eventually turned over to LA police officers who drove them to the station. The couple was eventually released without being charged.

The suit alleges that the actor and his wife were “injured in health, strength and activity…(and) sustained injury to his and her body and shock and injury to their nervous system.” It also notes that since the event they have been subject to “humiliation, mental anguish and emotional and physical distress.”

This case is certainly a bizarre one. If the allegations are true, do you think they deserve that much money? Is this just a ploy to get rich? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments section.

I tracked down a video that I think shows the right Michael Avmen below. Do you recognize him?



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