Benjamin Lawson Adams, an entertainment attorney and former director of business and legal affairs at The Weinstein Company, has pleaded no contest to one count of lewd or lascivious conduct with a 14-year-old boy.
Adams, 32, was arrested in May 2016 and charged with nine felony counts, including oral copulation, sexual penetration and sodomy with a minor under the age of 16. The victim, now a 16-year-old transgender girl, said they met on Instagram and had sex at Adams’ West Los Angeles apartment and, on two occasions, under the Manhattan Beach pier. After his arrest, Manhattan Beach police said, “It is believed Adams used his title of entertainment lawyer to attract the victim’s interest.”
Adams was an attorney for MGM at the time of his arrest and later sued the studio, claiming he was wrongly terminated after news accounts of his arrest surfaced. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge later dismissed the suit and ordered Adams to pay the studio $227,400 in attorneys fees.
Currently free on $200,000 bail, Adams has been ordered to surrender May 16 and will have a probation and sentence hearing August 15.