Friday, August 12, 2005

Oliver Stone fined $100 for marijuana possession


Friday, August 12, 2005 11:17:29 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar winning-director Oliver Stone has pleaded no contest to a charge of marijuana possession and was fined $100, officials said on Thursday.

Stone's lawyers entered the plea on his behalf at a Beverly Hills court hearing on July 29 -- two weeks ahead of the scheduled hearing date, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said.

Stone, 58, who won best director Oscars for the Vietnam War-themed movies "Platoon" and "Born of the Fourth of July," was charged after being stopped at a routine traffic checkpoint in May.

Stone also pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and guilty to cannabis possession in 1999 in Beverly Hills. He was given three years probation in that case.


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