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CNN reporter faces drug charge after arrest in N.Y.

Richard Quest reports on business and travel for the network.

From the Associated Press

April 18, 2008


A CNN reporter was arrested Friday in Central Park with a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket, but he avoided jail time by agreeing to undergo drug counseling and therapy.


Richard Quest, 46, was arrested around 3:40 a.m. on a count of possession of a controlled substance -- a misdemeanor that usually refers to a personal use amount of a drug. He was also charged with loitering; the park officially closes at 1 a.m.


When police saw and detained Quest, he told them, "I've got some meth in my pocket," according to the complaint filed in court. The complaint said he had a plastic sandwich bag containing methamphetamine in a jacket pocket.


Quest, who is British, is a correspondent for CNN International and is known for his reports on business travel. He hosts "CNN Business Traveler" and "Quest."


At his arraignment in Manhattan's Criminal Court, Judge Anthony Ferrara told Quest that if he attends the counseling and therapy designated by prosecutors for the next six months, his case will dismissed.


The judge allowed Quest to leave court without posting bail. He warned that if Quest failed to comply with the counseling schedule, he could be back in court and on his way to jail.


Quest's lawyer, Alan M. Abramson, said his client "did not realize the park had a curfew. He was returning to his hotel with friends."


CNN had no immediate comment on Quest's arrest.



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This makes it a bit clearer:










CNN broadcaster Richard Quest was busted in the wee hours in Central Park yesterday with a rope tied to his neck and genitals. "I've got some meth in my pocket," he helpfully told the arresting officer.


April 19, 2008 --


This is CNN? Kinky!


CNN personality Richard Quest was busted in Central Park early yesterday with some drugs in his pocket, a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot, law-enforcement sources said.


Quest, 46, was arrested at around 3:40 a.m. after a cop spotted him and another man inside the park near 64th Street, a police source said.


The criminal complaint against Quest said the park was closed at the time - something Quest should have known because of all the signs saying "Park Closed 1 a.m. to 6 a.m."


Quest was initially busted for loitering, the source said. Aside from the oddly configured rope, the search also turned up a sex toy inside of his boot, and a small bag of methamphetamine in his left jacket pocket.


It wasn't immediately clear what the rope was for.


The criminal complaint says the officer at the scene was able to ID the drug because of "his prior experience as a police officer in drug arrests, observation of packaging which is characteristic of this type of drug, and defendant's statements that . . . 'I've got some meth in my pocket.' "


He was charged with loitering and criminal possession of a controlled substance. His unusual get-up didn't lead to a lewdness charge because he wasn't exposing himself, the police source said.


Quest's unidentified companion was given a summons for not carrying any identification, the source said.


Quest's lawyer, Alan Abramson, had a much more innocuous version of events.


"Mr. Quest didn't realize that the park had a curfew," Abramson said. He was simply "returning to his hotel with friends."


At a hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court, Quest agreed to undergo six months of drug counseling in return for an "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal," which means the misdemeanor charges against him will be dropped and the case sealed if he stays out of trouble and completes his drug program.


He was released with no bail after spending most of the day behind bars.


Abramson predicted after the hearing that "the case will be dismissed." He declined to answer questions.


Quest, known for his hollering antics and stunts on the cable news network and its international counterpart, declined comment, as did a CNN spokeswoman.


On his official CNN bio, the network calls him "one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team."


"He has become one of the network's highest profile presenters," and his "dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business and news broadcasting," the network's Web site says.


He was reportedly once offered a position for the English-language version of the controversial Al Jazeera network, but said he turned it down because being gay and Jewish, he didn't think it would be a good fit.


Additional reporting by Adam Buckman

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i've always found Quest rather repulsive both for his journalism and his mannerisms, but i do feel sorry for the guy. it was remarkably stupid and dangerous to be playing in Central Park after hours, though the type of play sounds intriguing. i'd like to meet the other guy; sounds like my type! :9

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We can probably expect him to vanish into thin air, given CNN's history of getting rid of their gay reporters when it becomes public knowledge that they are "tainted"

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"Life Imitate's Art" I LUV IT! Of course NO BODY so NO "Law & Order" Episode! HaHa


All these High Profile Character's are said to have the "I Want to Be Caught" Gene. Bull Shit..


That's just a Psychiatrist's way of saying.. they are just "Plain Dumb Asses". Let us see who the next High Profile Dumb Ass will be?


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