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Malibu Artist Did Not Commit Alleged Sex Crimes, Friend Says

A friend of Paul Rusconi says the artist accused of molesting his twin daughters is "as innocent as these two adorable twin toddlers of his."

Allegations of molestation and child pornography possession against Malibu pop artist Paul Rusconi are false, wrote Beverly Hills Realtor Justin Alexander, a friend of Rusconi, in a Tuesday email to Malibu Patch.

Rusconi, a 45-year-old Malibu Park resident, . The alleged victims are his 20-month-old twin daughters. He was booked at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station and released Saturday night after posting $220,000 bail.

"I am not at liberty to say much here, but I can tell you that Paul is as innocent as these two adorable twin toddlers of his," Alexander wrote. 

He added, "This will all be cleared up very soon and I hope Patch supports rebuilding his local image once the legal system proves Paul's innocence."

Alexander wrote that the alleged child pornography photos are actually images of Rusconi's toddlers in a bathtub, "photos that many loving parents have of their children."

Rusconi's attorney, Michael Chaney, told NBC Los Angeles news reporters Monday that the allegations against his client are "categorically false."

"The man is innocent," Chaney told NBC Los Angeles, according to the station. "There was no child pornography, no lewd act of any kind. I'm extremely confident the sheriff's department and district attorney's investigations will bear that out."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau is handling the investigation. A message left Monday with the investigator on this case was not returned.

Julie June 22, 2011 at 12:39 AM
I believe he is innocent.
Jessica Lynn June 22, 2011 at 03:59 AM
I know Paul very well.. and I can tell you on behalf of our community of friends, that Paul is innocent. This is a total set up to make him look bad, or something ridiculous like that? I have never met a more compassionate father and friend like Paul.
Megan Bee June 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM
the sad reality of this situation is that no one wins. innocence leaves him a marked man, feared and shunned, with his character assassinated in the worst possible way. guilt leaves the children with a lifetime of healing from violation and all of the challenges that will come with that. i too know paul. not well, but enough that i have seen him as a seemingly wonderful father, capable and joyous in that role. no one wants to believe that a parent could hurt his child. at the same time, children need advocates and if no one believes them, they aren't safe. no outcome in this is a positive one. it is a true tragedy on every possible front.
Ann Fitzgerald June 22, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Is the "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau" the same group that handled the Dodger Stadium beating?
Jonathan Friedman June 22, 2011 at 04:44 PM
No, that was handled by the LAPD. This is the LA County Sheriff's Department.
Linda Vallejo June 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I don't know this man, but having lived in Monte Nido, I am well aware of this Sheriff's Dept and their reputation and how they mishandled and "covered up evidence" in the Mitrice Richardson Case, moving her body before the Coroner arrived, even after receiving SPECIFIC instructions from Ed Winter not to move the body. Wouldn't be surprised if this is a frame-up.

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