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Viacom Sued Over Crash that Killed Pedestrian on Melrose

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'Lights Out with David Spade'

WEST HOLLYWOOD (TMZ) — The company that owns Comedy Central, which produces David Spade‘s new late-night show, is being sued after one of the staffers allegedly left the launch party drunk, and killed a pedestrian.

Here’s what happened, according to a new lawsuit. Viacom was hosting the party at Nightingale Plaza nightclub adjacent to WeHo back in August, celebrating the premiere of “Lights out with David Spade.”

The suit claims Jacob Gralitzer, who worked on the show, got drunk at the party and no one stopped him from driving. The suit characterizes Gralitzer as “severely intoxicated.” It says he got drunk “with the permission and knowledge of one or more of his supervisors at Viacom.”

According to the lawsuit, Gralitzer went to the valet, provided by Viacom, and the valet gave him the keys and he drove away.

The suit claims Gralitzer was driving on Melrose at excessive speeds and ran into another car which careened onto the sidewalk, striking and killing 24-year-old Noah Benardout.

Gralitzer was arrested and booked for gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence.

According to the lawsuit filed by Benardout’s estate, Viacom is responsible because it had authority over Gralitzer and could have stopped him from excessively drinking and driving. The suit claims by providing valet service the company was encouraging employees to drive to and from the party.

David Spade is NOT being sued.

TMZ reached out to Viacom … so far, no word back.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

TMZ refers to to a studio-established “thirty mile zone” to monitor rules for filming in Hollywood. The center of the zone was the offices of The Association of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, formerly at Beverly and La Cienega Boulevard. Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check https://www.tmz.com/shows/ for syndicated/local listings at the bottom of the page)

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Beverly Hills Announces Arrests From DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

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BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on February 28th, 2020. The checkpoint was on Santa Monica Blvd between Crescent Drive and Canon Drive between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

During that time 1,172 cars passed through the checkpoint, 266 vehicles were screened, two DUI investigations were conducted resulting in one DUI arrest. In addition, 4 drivers were screened for failing to have a driver license in their possession of which two were cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended or revoked license.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year the Beverly Hills Police Department investigated 29 DUI Injury collisions that killed three people and injured others.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

The department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

BHPD will be conducting another DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint and/or DUI Saturation Patrol in the near future in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.

“We are committed to traffic safety and working in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety to bring traffic enforcement and education to Beverly Hills,” said Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Pro Basketball Player Pleads in WeHo DUI Case

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — NBA player Allen Lester Crabbe was arrested last summer for a DUI and entered a no contest plea, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. Crabbe, 27, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of engaging in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway.

Crabbe was immediately sentenced to three years of summary probation and ordered to complete DUI first offender and Mothers Against Drunk Driving programs.  Deputy District Attorney Lucrecia Boado said a Watson advisement also was given, stating that if he drives under the influence and a person is killed, he could be charged with murder.

On June 26, 2019, Crabbe was driving in West Hollywood when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy after showing signs of driving under the influence. 

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DUI Checkpoint in Beverly Hills Friday Feb 28th

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BEVERLY HILLS – The Beverly Hills Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Friday February 28th, 2020, at an undisclosed location within city limits.

The checkpoint will be operational from approximately 9:00 PM and conclude at approximately 3:00 AM. All traffic will pass through the checkpoint.

Motorists will be stopped and contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all contacted drivers have a valid driver license.

BHPD and the Office of Traffic Safety want to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.

“Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, and to increase awareness of the dangers associated with impaired driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers” the announcement stated.


If you have any questions regarding this program or any other traffic safety issue, please contact Sergeant Gregg Mader (310) 285-2140. Funding for impaired driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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