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Larry David’s Outtake Clears Man and Wins Compensation

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Larry David’s Outtake Clears Man and Wins Compensation

Published on March 08, 2007 with No Comments

Larry DavidA man cleared of murder after he was spotted in the background of outtake footage of Larry David’s TV comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm has been awarded damages of $320,000.

Juan Catalan, 28, spent five months in jail charged with the murder of 16-year-old Martha Puebla until he used outtake footage – showing him at a LA Dodgers game in Los Angeles when the crime occurred – to prove his innocence.

The episode featured David going to the baseball game with a prostitute so that he could drive in the car pool lane.

Catalan’s attorney Todd Melnik trawled through hours of footage of a televised game between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves that the defendant attended with his six-year-old daughter, before discovering the comedy was being shot at the stadium on the same day. Catalan could be seen clearly eating a hot dog in a scene that ended up on the cutting room floor.

A time code on the footage proved Catalan’s whereabouts – 20 milesĀ from the murder scene in San Fernando.

Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $320,000 to Catalan.


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