Topline: Ben Sprecher, the big-time Broadway producer connected to one of the theater world’s largest fraud cases, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography and will face federal charges, according to NBC’s New York affiliate.
Key background: Sprecher’s Broadway résumé includes producing 2006’s The Odd Couple, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, 2004’s Sly Fox, starring Richard Dreyfuss, and 2007’s Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Kevin Spacey (who faced sexual assault accusations). But it was the 2012, $12 million adaptation of the novel turned Hitchcock thriller Rebecca that erupted in scandal. A person who was listed as a major backer for the show turned out to simply not exist, and the revelation ultimately led to the arrest of a Long Island stockbroker with a rap sheet of civil fraud lawsuits.
Surprising fact: Lawsuits related to the Rebecca scandal were being settled as recently as May.
Crucial quote: “Do I feel like I was duped? I was duped. I was raped," Sprecher told the New York Times in an interview on the Rebecca aftermath.