Sunday, June 29, 2008
Snipes Seeks Permission to Travel Overseas to Work on Two Movies Pending Appeal of Tax Evasion Conviction
Actor Wesley Snipes, who is free on bail pending the appeal of his conviction on three misdemeanor tax fraud counts, has filed a motion seeking permission to leave the country to go to (1) London help edit his new movie, Gallowwalker; and (2) then to Bangkok to film the movie Chasing the Dragon:
The appeal and cross-appeal in this case will not be completed in the ordinary course before the end of the shooting schedule for Chasing the Dragon and the completion of the post-production work in Gallowalker. ...
He has never presented and does not currently present a risk of flight. Further, the circumstances of the work, surrounded by a cast of other actors and film and production professionals as well as Mr. Snipes’ contractual obligations to complete these films provide additional assurances that he does not present a risk of flight; were he to abscond under these circumstances, it would destroy his ability to earn a living for the rest if his life. Mr. Snipes will of course voluntarily return after his work on this film, as he has done each time he has been granted permission by this Court.
It is essential that Mr. Snipes complete these two projects to satisfy his civil tax liabilities and provide for his family.