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A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday granted a motion filed by Cameron Thor for a new attorney. Thor, a prominent acting coach and co-founder of the Carter Thor Acting Studio, was found guilty of sexual assault on a minor in a trial that concluded last month. Sentencing was scheduled for today but Judge Martin L. Herscovitz ruled that Thor could substitute his former attorney, James Blatt, with a new one.
The new attorney on record provided by the court is Mark Geragos. Geragos, a high-profile criminal defense attorney in Hollywood, has a list of illustrious clients including Kesha, who is embroiled in a bitter legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), alleging that the music mogul physically and sexually assaulted her and saying the pop star was “just like Cosby’s victims.” Geragos did not immediately return a call for comment.
Thor’s new sentencing date was set for November 20th. James Blatt was not in court for the proceedings on Friday. Thor faces three to 13 years in state prison.
Thor’s accuser, 20-year-old Jordyn Ladell, said Thor had sexually assaulted her while the two were alone in Thor’s car during a drive through the Santa Monica mountains in the spring of 2009.
Thor and Ladell had become acquainted when Ladell had accompanied her mother, Patti, to a series of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings throughout the winter and spring of 2009. Thor was a member of the same group.
Thor was arrested at an apartment in 2014. Ladell, a student at Moorpark Community College had spent the last several years in and out of school. Thor, meantime, was largely confined to his home on bail and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet.
During roughly a week of sometimes emotional testimony in late August, Ladell told jurors how Thor had offered her acting lessons in the bedroom of his home in Agoura Hills. Jurors also heard several hours of taped conversation between Thor and Ladell recorded by police officers who, by the spring of 2010, were actively investigating Thor for the alleged assault and had mounted two sting operations in an attempt to get him to admit to Ladell’s accusations.
Thor’s family was not present for the motion in court Friday. But two of his friends were. Before leaving the court, shackled and wearing a blue jumpsuit with L.A. County Jail stamped on the back, Thor turned to his friends and silently mouthed, “I love you.”
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