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Marc Henry Johnson, a producer of HBO’s The Deuce, has been questioned by investigators in connection with the mysterious death of a married dermatologist and mother of three in New York Sunday.
Kiersten Cerveny, 38, was found unconscious in the vestibule of a Chelsea apartment building Sunday morning. Police sources told the New York Daily News the death is consistent with a cocaine overdose and is not being treated as a homicide. Cerveny was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 9:12 a.m.
According to reports, Cerveny ended up at the five-story walk-up in Chelsea after a Saturday night out on the town that began with drinks and cocaine at a friend’s downtown hotel room. She reportedly met with Johnson, a friend, at a Lower East Side bar around 2 a.m., and together, they took a cab to Chelsea somewhere between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. to see James (Pepsi) Holder, a suspected drug dealer.
Investigators recovered security video showing Johnson and Holder subsequently carrying Cerveny into the entryway of the building about four hours later. Johnson called 911 and stayed until EMTs arrived, but then left the scene.
He was questioned by police Monday, when he admitted to using coke with Cerveny before asking to speak with a lawyer, reported the New York Post. According to the Daily News, Johnson told detectives he tried to perform CPR on Cerveny and called for help after “she turned blue.” Johnson was released without charges.
Johnson was nominated for an Emmy for producing Michael Moore’s 1999 series The Awful Truth. He is also producing The Deuce, David Simon‘s pilot starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal that follows the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York starting in the early 1970s and continuing through the mid-1980s.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to HBO for comment.
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