Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gonna Be One Long, Dark Night for Missouri Man Found Guilty of Movie Piracy

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM

click to enlarge IMAGE VIA
Sucks to be Robert Henderson. Investigators reportedly followed the Grandview man into a Lee's Summit movie theater in July 2008, watched as he slid a camcorder out of his winter parka -- yes, a parka in July (doh!) -- and proceeded to catch him taping The Dark Knight.

Fast-forward to February 22, 2010: Henderson appeared yesterday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to hear his fate in the bootlegging case. And it was ugly. Ugly like Heath Ledger-as-The-Joker-scary ugly.

U.S. District Judge Gernando Gaitan sentenced Henderson to 24 months in jail and ordered him to pay a $24,738 fine.

Why $24,738?

The feds had seized 1,240 bootlegged copies of The Dark Knight from Henderson before arresting him, which prompted the Motion Picture Association of America, to calculate that 1,240 moviegoers would have spent $24,738 to see the flick in the theaters.

Not exactly beer money, OK. Unless you're Warner Bros., which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide on Ledger's ugly mug.  

What would The Joker think?

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation