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June 11, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A Hollywood Municipal Court judge on Monday recalled an arrest warrant for Robert Pilatus, former member of the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, after Pilatus' attorney said his client had left a North Hollywood rehabilitation center only to check into another, authorities said. On Wednesday, Pilatus, 31, walked out the back door of Cri-Help, where he had been staying after pleading no contest to charges stemming from three assaults last winter, authorities said.
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April 7, 1998 | JERRY CROWE
POP/ROCK Morvan Mourns Milli Vanilli Partner: Fabrice Morvan said Monday that the death of his former Milli Vanilli lip-syncing partner Rob Pilatus in a German hotel last week is causing him "tremendous pain and sorrow." Pilatus, 33, reportedly died Thursday in Frankfurt, apparently after consuming pills and alcohol. (German authorities investigating the death said Monday that they had found no evidence of suicide.
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NEWS
November 28, 1990
Rob Pilatus, a member of the lip-syncing pop duo Milli Vanilli, was arrested for investigation of sexual battery Tuesday in West Los Angeles, police said. Pilatus, 26, was arrested at his home on North Beverly Glen Boulevard at 5:30 a.m., officers said. His alleged victim is a 25-year-old woman, police said. Pilatus, whose name was spelled "Pilatos" in the police report, was freed on $10,485 bail shortly after being booked, officers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rob Pilatus, a former model whose career with the pop music duo Milli Vanilli crashed in disgrace and drug addiction after it was revealed that the group lip-synched its songs, has died, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday. He was 32. Pilatus was alone when he died in a Frankfurt hotel room late Thursday after consuming alcohol and pills, the newspaper reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors refused to file sexual battery charges Wednesday against Rob Pilatus of the lip-syncing, scandal-ridden pop duo Milli Vanilli. "It's not that I question her credibility," Deputy Dist. Atty. Lynn Reed said after interviewing the 25-year-old woman involved. "But the conduct described did not rise to the level of a sexual assault or battery that we could successfully prosecute."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus admitted Thursday in Los Angeles that neither he nor partner Fab Morvan sang a note on the duo's multimillion-selling 1988 album "Girl You Know It's True." Pilatus' admission came after the pair was fired Wednesday by their German producer Frank Farian and after officials at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said that they may review the group's 1989 Grammy as best new artist. Milli Vanilli could lose the award, an unprecedented action.
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December 5, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Pilatus Released: Rob Pilatus of the disgraced rock duo Milli Vanilli is out of the hospital following several days of observation after an apparent suicide attempt. Pilatus, 27, left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in good condition about 8 p.m. Tuesday. A hospital spokesman said he had been "very compliant and somewhat embarrassed about the whole thing" during his stay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rob Pilatus, a former model whose career with the pop music duo Milli Vanilli crashed in disgrace and drug addiction after it was revealed that the group lip-synched its songs, has died, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday. He was 32. Pilatus was alone when he died in a Frankfurt hotel room late Thursday after consuming alcohol and pills, the newspaper reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991 | BOB POOL and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A member of the disgraced pop music duo Milli Vanilli slashed his wrist, gulped prescription pills and then dangled from a ninth-floor hotel balcony Saturday before a Times switchboard operator and sheriff's deputies teamed up to save his life, authorities said. Lip-sync artist Robert Pilatus complained of continuing humiliation stemming from the well-publicized musical hoax before climbing over a balcony railing outside his $225-per-night suite at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 1990 | MARC FISHER, THE WASHINGTON POST
"And now the Moment of Truth!" says Frank Farian, creator of Milli Vanilli, inventor of Rob and Fab, the pretty faces who--can you believe it!--people actually thought were singing. Farian, the German producer who blew the whistle last month on his own fraud, swivels around from his 84-track mixing console, the Pontiac-size machine on which Milli Vanilli was really made, and furnishes the promised honest-to-God truth. It's a record album.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A Hollywood Municipal Court judge on Monday recalled an arrest warrant for Robert Pilatus, former member of the disgraced pop duo Milli Vanilli, after Pilatus' attorney said his client had left a North Hollywood rehabilitation center only to check into another, authorities said. On Wednesday, Pilatus, 31, walked out the back door of Cri-Help, where he had been staying after pleading no contest to charges stemming from three assaults last winter, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996 | JOHN M. GONZALES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Pilatus, half of the disgraced duo Milli Vanilli, continued to fall from his brief celebrity on Friday, with authorities announcing that he had abandoned a North Hollywood rehabilitation facility and is being sought on a $60,000 arrest warrant. Hollywood Municipal Judge Michael Mink issued the warrant late Thursday after the facility's managers notified him that Pilatus, 31, walked out the back door of the 120-client site two days before and had not returned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1996
A member of the pop music duo Milli Vanilli--which was forced to return their 1989 Best New Artist Grammy award because they lip-synched performances--was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and 180 days in a drug rehabilitation center after pleading no contest to three assaults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996
Robert Pilatus, a member of the disgraced pop group Milli Vanilli, was charged with nine misdemeanor charges Wednesday stemming from attacks and threats he allegedly made against Hollywood residents. The city attorney's office filed multiple counts of assault as well as a probation violation against the 31-year-old Pilatus, of North Hollywood, for incidents that occurred Dec. 21 and this past Sunday, said Deputy City Atty. William Sterling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1996
Robert Pilatus, onetime member of the disgraced, dreadlocked music duo Milli Vanilli, was arrested Sunday morning in Hollywood on suspicion of attempted auto burglary and threatening harm to the car's owner and his family. Los Angeles police said Pilatus, 31, was taken into custody after being struck in the head with a baseball bat by the owner of a car Pilatus allegedly attempted to burglarize.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS
The legal fallout from the Milli Vanilli fiasco continues, with no end in sight. A U.S. Circuit Court judge in Chicago is expected Jan. 29 to grant final approval to an unprecedented settlement to resolve a class-action fraud lawsuit filed in November, 1990, against Milli Vanilli front men Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, Germany-based producer Frank Farian and their record company.
NEWS
November 20, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revoked Milli Vanilli's 1989 Grammy for best new artist on Monday, marking the first such action in the 33-year history of the recording industry award. The Burbank-based academy's board of trustees took action after admissions last week by Milli Vanilli performers Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan and their German producer, Frank Farian, that the photogenic pop duo did not sing a note on their album, "Girl You Know It's True."
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January 15, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Pilatus remembers the morning six weeks ago when he climbed onto the railing of his ninth-floor balcony at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood and tried to muster the courage to jump.
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