Deutsche Bank Top Hollywood Banker Claims Police BeatingMichael White
A Deutsche Bank AG media banker arrested after an early-morning confrontation with Los Angeles police in May has filed a claim with the city accusing officers of beating and illegally detaining him.
Brian Mulligan, vice chairman and managing director of Deutsche Bank’s Los Angeles entertainment practice, sustained a broken shoulder blade and 15 nasal fractures, his attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, said yesterday in an interview. The claim, which lists damages of as much as $50 million, is a necessary step before a lawsuit can be filed, Flanagan said by telephone.
City prosecutors said they are considering whether to file charges against Mulligan, 52, after an outburst of erratic behavior that resulted in his arrest on May 15 for interfering with a police officer. Mulligan was forcibly subdued at about 1 a.m. after he took a fighting stance and charged officers who approached after seeing him attempt to enter moving vehicles in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood, Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Andy Neiman said in a telephone interview.
The same officers had questioned Mulligan about two hours earlier after responding to citizen calls that a man was trying to get into occupied autos in the drive-through lane of a fast-food restaurant in the area, Neiman said.
Mulligan specializes in financing for Hollywood film and television studios and has participated in deals including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.’s $500 million credit facility announced in February. He joined Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank in 2009 and previously was chairman of Brooknol Advisors LLC, an entertainment advisement and investment firm. Before that he had senior executive roles at Seagram Co., Universal Pictures and Fox Television.
Mulligan has been unable to work since the beating, has lost about $500,000 in pay and stands to lose $5 million, according to a copy of the claim. In addition to physical injuries, he has experienced post-traumatic stress syndrome. He will require reconstructive surgery and psychological treatment that may cost as much as $1 million, according to the claim.
“Mulligan has been rendered unable to function in his normal, everyday life, including maintaining the relationship with his family,” according to the claim.
During the first encounter with police, Mulligan was examined by a drug-abuse expert and questioned about a “significant” amount of cash seen in his automobile, Neiman said. There was no evidence that Mulligan was under the influence of a controlled substance or that the money was obtained illegally, the police lieutenant said.
“Mr. Mulligan became much more lucid and explained that he was tired and said if he could get to a hotel and sleep it off he would be fine,” Neiman said.
At Mulligan’s request, officers transported Mulligan to a hotel and left him there.
According to his attorney, Mulligan was on foot in the Highland Park area when he was first accosted by officers. It is Mulligan’s “usual custom and practice” to carry large amounts of cash, according to the claim. The document doesn’t address why Mulligan was in the area and Flanagan declined to provide a reason.
After it was determined that Mulligan wasn’t under the influence of controlled substances, officers placed him in a motel, Flanagan said. Mulligan feared that the officers intended to steal the cash he was carrying, the attorney said.
“They put him in a motel and said, ‘You’re a dead man if you leave here,’” Flanagan said. “Maybe the fact that he had $5,000 in cash had something to do with it.”
Mulligan fled the motel and was apprehended about six blocks away, where he was beaten and arrested, Flanagan said.
Mulligan was admitted to a local hospital for his injuries. He was left with facial scars and difficulty smelling and breathing, Flanagan said.
The officers struck Mulligan with “inappropriate weapons,” the claim said. Neiman said the officers didn’t use weapons in the confrontation.
The officers’ use of force in the case is undergoing a routine investigation, Neiman said. Both remain on their regular assignments, he said.
Los Angeles city prosecutors are considering whether to file charges against Mulligan, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney’s office. An alternative also under consideration is to schedule a hearing to advise Mulligan how to avoid similar problems in the future, he said.
No specific time frame has been set for a decision, Mateljan said.
“Our criminal branch decided to give it one more look before we move in that direction,” Mateljan said.
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