Former Motion Picture Association lawyer convicted of blackmail and sexual abuse against “Sugar Baby”

The former great lawyer of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was sentenced Friday to one year in prison for sexually abusing and blackmailing a woman he met on a “sugar daddy” dating site.

Steven Fabrizio, 58, had previously pleaded guilty in July 2021 to one count of third-degree sexual abuse and blackmail in a court in Washington, DC. The third-degree charge was originally a second-degree sexual abuse charge, and Fabrizio faced up to 15 years in prison between the two charges.

However, a plea deal reduced the charge to a third-degree offense for Maryland-based Fabrizio.

As part of that plea deal, Fabrizio had his original 30-month sentence reduced to 12 months after agreeing to also complete three years of probation. As a further stipulation of the plea agreement, he is to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

The former great lawyer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was sentenced to one year in prison on Friday for sexually abusing and blackmailing a woman he met on a “sugar daddy” website. Here, the MPAA logo can be seen at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2019.
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Fabrizio is said to have had consensual sex with a woman for the first time after meeting her on a Sugar Daddy site, generally described as a transactional dating process in which older men pay younger women. He allegedly paid the woman $ 400 to engage in sexual acts.

After this first meeting, a police affidavit says, Fabrizio then blackmailed the woman using text messages by threatening to reveal the relationship to her family, employer and landlord if she refused further sexual affair. .

This then led to Fabrizio mistreating the woman and ultimately forcing her into a second unwanted sexual encounter.

The woman then called the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police, and Fabrizio was arrested in August 2019 on charges of sexual abuse and blackmail. Upon learning of his arrest, the MPAA sacked Fabrizio from his post.

MPAA said Hollywood journalist at the time of the arrest that he had no knowledge of Fabrice’s actions, describing them as “shocking and intolerable for the Association”.

Prior to his dismissal, Fabrizio had served as Global Legal Counsel to the MPAA since 2013. At the time he was hired, the MPAA, a film industry advocacy body based in Los Angeles and Washington, reportedly referred to Fabrizio as “the one of the foremost copyright and content protection advocates in the country. “

Prior to his MPAA job, Fabrizio was a partner in the media and entertainment division of law firm Jenner & Block. He had also previously worked for the Recording Industry Association of America as a senior legal executive.

This is not the first time that Fabrizio has faced legal trouble, as he was reportedly arrested in 2010 on charges of sexual solicitation. An employee of Jenner & Block at the time, the law firm previously said it had no knowledge of the incident.

Founded in 1922, the MPAA, renamed the Motion Picture Association (MPA) three years ago, is perhaps best known for developing the American movie rating system. It also helps to eliminate piracy and copyright infringement in Hollywood productions.

News week has contacted the MPA for comment.

Rachel J. Bradford