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Saturday, November 28, 2021

So unbridled is Hollywood screenwriter Roger Avary’s expressive creativity, that even a prison sentence can’t stifle his Twittering.

And his online candor cost him. The publicity accruing from a jailbird-celebrity tweetstream resulted in an incarceration upgrade, from a loosey-goosey work-furlough to, apparently, a real prison:

Thursday evening, @avary — who has been referring to himself as #34 - tweeted, “#34 is ‘rolled up’ to a higher security facility for exercising his first amendment rights. The truth he has discovered is too dangerous.”

[Ventura County Sheriff spokesman Ross] Bonfiglio said that Avary had not previously spent a night in the jail because he posted bail the day he was arrested. When he reported to jail Oct. 26, records show he was remanded at 7:54 a.m. and released 11 minutes later.

Bonfiglio said it was likely a “procedural process” and that Avary was then referred to the work furlough program, where he spent his days on the outside.

But you wouldn’t get that impression from what are believed to be Avary’s tweets, which chronicle life inside amid heroin smuggling, lockdowns and strip searches.

“#34’s new roomie, EZ, takes Yeyo’s old bunk, locker, AND number. He regales awesome tales about his former life as an Oxnard gangbanger,” @avary tweeted Tuesday at 9:17 a.m.

Two weeks earlier @avary tweeted: “‘It’s your birthday! announcing that #34 is to receive a random strip-down and cavity search to be performed by a leering, rotund officer.”

So Avary’s been out and about, yet has been tweeting “Oz”-like dispatches from inside the big house. Obviously there’s a disconnect. Call me crazy, but since we are dealing with someone who writes/directs movies for a living, it’s entirely possible that he’s embellishing just a tad here. I realize that goes against the supposed transparency tenets of social media, but nobody said the mind behind the big-screen version of The Rules of Attraction had to play by Web-etiquette rules.

The point may be moot, as the @avary account is now no longer publicly-viewable. A fitting condition, to match the author’s actual enhanced lockdown.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/28/2009 02:14 PM
Category: Celebrity, Movies, Social Media Online, True Crime
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