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Comedian Poundstone charged with molesting child



LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested Wednesday by Santa Monica police and charged with lewd acts upon a child and child endangerment, authorities said.

A statement released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Poundstone, 41, was arrested on a felony warrant for three counts of committing a lewd act on an unidentified girl under the age of 14.

The statement said she was also charged with endangering two other unidentified girls and two boys.

Police said Poundstone was held briefly at the Santa Monica jail before posting a $200,000 bond. The date of her arraignment in Santa Monica has not been set.

The statement said the alleged lewd acts were committed May 19 and June 6, and the child endangerment committed on June 6.

Poundstone has been a foster parent since 1993, and has adopted three children. A Santa Monica police spokesman would not comment when asked if the charges involved Poundstone's foster children.

A statement from police said Poundstone was arrested in Malibu following a lengthy investigation conducted by police, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

Poundstone's personal manager, Bonnie Burns of Burns & Burns Management, said, "I know Paula Poundstone well enough to know these charges are 100 percent incorrect."

"She has been an incredible parent, she's made huge sacrifices to see the children who weren't dealt the best cards in life were well taken care of, and she's always shown herself to be completely honorable and full of integrity," Burns said.

"I believe when the truth comes out, you'll see these charges are unsubstantiated and without merit."

Poundstone began her career as a stand-up comic and currently appears on the syndicated television show "To Tell the Truth." She has won two Cable Ace awards, an American Comedy Award for best female stand-up at the American Comedy Awards, and a local Emmy award.






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