‘Girls Gone Wild’ Exec Charged in WeHo Hit-And-Run

Australian entertainment exec held on $2 million bail

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) — The head of the Australian distributor of “Girls Gone Wild” is accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Southern California.

Ryan Bowman of Zeal Entertainment was being held Friday on $2 million bail after being booked for felony vehicular manslaughter.


Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say Bowman’s Bentley struck and killed 21-year-old Lauren Ann Freeman as she crossed a street Wednesday night in West Hollywood.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says she was thrown about 60 feet and the Bentley was found abandoned about a mile away.

The 34-year-old Bowman surrendered Thursday with his attorney and invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to speak.

Bowman remained in custody Friday and is due in court Monday.

Whitmore says his passport was confiscated.

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  1. g says:

    DONT YOU JUST LOVE MORONS WITH MONEY?

  2. Joe says:

    Sounds like Drunk Pervert gone wild

  3. David Ruby says:

    Proof Positive that there is a just God.

  4. Bryan W says:

    Sad for all..sure the guy had been drinking which is why he didn’t stop..and she probably crossed against the light..so nobody wins..me..I always check traffic before crossing..even when I have the right of way..especially on Sunset Blvd!

    1. krg says:

      Actually Bryan the reports said there was a group of about 30 people behind her and while she was ahead of them she wasn’t crossing against the light. He’s just damn lucky he didn’t hit a lot more people.

  5. Zoe says:

    Well, imagine that. Someone high up in the GGW organization involved in an action that was deadly for a young woman. I’m shocked, SHOCKED I tell you.

  6. Mark says:

    Victim was IN THE CROSSWALK when this guy hit her and took off. Don’t go blaming her for this jerk’s actions. As a fatal hit-and-run he should get life and nothing less.

  7. L'homme a la lourde bouche says:

    He needed to stop nd assist a person in danger – the one he hit. He probably was texting like did the many drivers involved in most killing of pedestrians recently.

  8. Janet says:

    Morons who have a history of stealing young girls’ dignity – and now one’s life. I hope he faces a Judge Judy type for abandoning that girl in the street. If he could have hidden his involvement, he would have. His car betrayed him. Bravo!

  9. o. melzer says:

    Our system won’t do a dam thing, they’ll let it slide he will pay a penalty and go free, he should if he killed someone and was drinking really have to pay a heavy price to the law and to the family, he has too much money seems to me and now he will hopefully have to pay for his wrong doing. Hate men like him wish he’s got a few yrs prison time for once.

  10. bud says:

    he’s rich, he’ll walk!

  11. Guy Lagarde says:

    He should stopped to try to help, drunk or high on wahtever. There is no excuse!

  12. Guy Lagarde says:

    Bentley or Yugo, The deadly hit and run is the same charge

    1. Rudy says:

      Sorry Guy Lagarde – the charge may be the same if it’s a Bentley or a Yugo – but the defense team will be “a bit” better than a court-appointed attorney.

  13. Guy Lagarde says:

    I am talking about the charges, not the outcome of the trial. I do agree with you , assuming that this guy is worth much more than a Bentley, which will probably offered at an auction some day and generate of lot of interest and money.

  14. L.A. says:

    Mark,
    Have you heard of human error. I’m sure even you have made your mistakes in life and would take back some of the choices you have made. Yes, the guy deserves to pay for what he did but you can’t charge a four star resturant price on a Jack-in the Box bill.

    I’m not trying to say what he did wasn’t horrible or that the girl is equal to a jack in the box bill…..what i’m saying is lets reserve the life long seats in hell for people who murder and rape for some sick pleasure.

    1. Jackie says:

      L.A.
      A human error is one thing. The fact that he didn’t stop only compounds the error. Hit and run is a felony–not an error. He knew he made an error and “ran”. He needs to pay for his negligence and for his major lapse of judgment That is one jury I would like to serve on.

  15. What a Dope!!! says:

    This guy and other rich and famous people have enough money to hire drivers when the go clubbing. Nope they are as cheap as you can get and would rather fork out millions in defense money than thousands in a salary for a driver! They get what they deserve for being so stupid. I hope he spends 25 years thinking about it rotting in jail!!!

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