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Beastie Boys Member Sentenced in Attack

April 27, 1994

A member of the Beastie Boys rap group pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor battery charge in an attack on a television cameraman.

Adam Horovitz, 27, was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, pay a $200 fine and make restitution to victim Herbert Goebert.

Horovitz was accused of attacking Goebert, a cameraman for the television news magazine "Hard Copy," during a Nov. 2 memorial service for actor River Phoenix. The service was held across the street from Horovitz's Mt. Olympus home.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Theodore Loewen urged Municipal Judge L. Jeffrey Wiatt to sentence Horovitz to 30 days in jail. He said Horovitz and an unidentified man confronted Goebert and beat him when he refused to give them videotape he had taken of people arriving at the service for Phoenix, who died of a drug overdose.

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