Tech CEO charged with assaulting Hollywood star
February 19, 2014
The Summit County Attorney’s Office is pursuing charges against the chief executive of Entropic Communications Inc., who allegedly assaulted a model and reality TV star during the last weekend of the Sundance Film Festival.
Patrick Henry, the CEO of Entropic Communications, a semiconductor company based in San Diego, has been charged with assault, damage to or interruption of a communication device and criminal mischief after he allegedly assaulted Ariane Bellamar, a star of "Beverly Hills Nannies," on Jan. 23 in Park City.
Bellamar told the celebrity news website RadarOnline.com that she had met Henry on a dating website and had gone to the Sundance Film Festival with him.
Bellamar went on to tell the website that the situation began when Henry "started doing shots and became very jealous of the attention his friends were paying me."
While the two were staying at a house in the Park City area, Henry allegedly assaulted Bellamar during the night.
When Bellamar attempted to call 911 using her cell phone, Henry grabbed her phone and threw it against a wall, breaking its screen, said Summit County Attorney David Brickey.
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Each of Henry’s three charges is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The Summit County Attorney’s Office stressed that Henry is presumed innocent until proven guilty of all charges.
In a release from the Attorney’s Office, Brickey said, "The Summit County Attorney’s Office strives to see that justice is served and that parties in criminal cases are treated fairly regardless of their standing in the community. This matter will be treated with the same degree of effort and concern that is given to all criminal matters involving assaultive conduct."
Wally Bugden, Henry’s attorney, maintained that his client did not assault Bellamar.
"Ms. Bellamar had been drinking heavily," Bugden said. "She was intoxicated and we are confident when the facts come out they will validate that Mr. Henry did not assault her."
Henry is set to be arraigned before Judge Shauna L. Kerr on March 18 at 1 p.m.