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Film Exec Won’t Be Charged For Using Sheriff’s Helipad During Manhunt

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Relativity Media'’s Ryan Kavanaugh (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

Relativity Media’’s Ryan Kavanaugh (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Hollywood studio executive who landed his private helicopter on a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helipad during the manhunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner will not be charged with any crime, according to reports Wednesday.

A county prosecutor said there was insuffient evidence to file criminal charges against Ryan Kavanaugh, the chief executive officer of Relativity Media, according to a charge evaluation worksheet released to reporters.

Kavanaugh landed his helicopter on the department’s Biscailuz Center helipad Feb. 7, walked to a vehicle awaiting him and left, according to the charge evaluation worksheet.

“There is insufficient evidence to prove that Kavanaugh landed his helicopter without permission or that he operated it in a careless or reckless manner,” the document stated. “Therefore, we decline to initiate criminal proceedings against Ryan Kavanaugh.”

Kavanaugh – who also volunteered with the Sheriff’s Department’s Aero Bureau – has earned complaints from his neighbors for taking his helicopter to work and meetings throughout the city, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A spokesman for Kavanaugh said the film mogul was “pleased” with the decision.

“It’s shameful that the sheriff wasted precious taxpayer time and money to fuel his political agenda,” David Shane of
Relativity Media said in a statement.

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