Former MPAA Counsel Disbarred After Sugar Daddy Sexual Assault Conviction

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After Sugar Daddy Sexual Assault Arrest, Former MPAA Counsel Disbarred in New York

After Sugar Daddy Sexual Assault Arrest, Former MPAA Counsel Disbarred in New York

Sep 19, 2023

The former senior executive vice president and global general counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been disbarred in New York, a Los Angeles Times report confirmed. Steven Fabrizio, described by the L.A. Times as “once a high-powered figure in the MPAA,” was disbarred on September 14 following a 2019 arrest on charges of blackmail and sexual abuse.

Fabrizio was then sentenced to 12 months in prison in January 2022. He pleaded guilty to both of the above charges and was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years following his release.

The sexual abuse and blackmail charges stem from a sexual relationship Fabrizio entered into with a woman he met through an online “sugar daddy” dating service. The woman reportedly told the Washington D.C. police that after initially having consensual sex with Fabrizio, he threatened to “tell her employer and landlord that she was engaged in sex work unless she continued to have sex with him,” the Los Angeles Times said.

A police report confirmed that Fabrizio texted the woman:

“I know where you live… I know where you work…
Once more tomorrow morning… I’ll never bother you again.”

A state Supreme Court document indicates that Fabrizio admitted to having tried to blackmail the woman he met through a sugar daddy dating site into having sex “once or twice a month.”

“MPAA Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Rivkin subsequently announced that Fabrizio had been fired for violating the terms of his employment,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Fabrizio has also been disbarred in multiple courts:

  • The District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

In January 2022, around the time of Fabrizio’s sentencing, Deadline reported via federal prosecutors:

Fabrizio met the woman on Aug. 19, 2019, and they had consensual sex in exchange for $400 in cash. He sought to set up another meeting, but she declined. He then threatened to expose their arrangement to her employer, parents and landlord if she did not agree to have sex with him again. After further texts, the woman agreed to see him, but he sexually abused her, according to prosecutors. As he continued to text her, she then contacted D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. He was arrested on Aug. 21.”

Fabrizio reached a plea agreement in July 2021 which entailed:

  • A sentence of two years in jail (about half of which was suspended)
  • Three years of supervised release (suspended)
  • Three years of supervised probation
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Fabrizio studied law at Georgetown University and was admitted to the state bar in June 1989. He had been senior partner at Jenner & Block and was senior vice president of legal and business affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America prior to joining the MPAA.

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