HBO Chairman Takes Leave of Absence After Las Vegas Arrest

Chris Albrecht Accused of Assaulting Girlfriend

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NEW YORK ( -- Time Warner has "granted" an indefinite leave of absence for HBO Chairman-CEO Chris Albrecht, two days after he was picked up by Las Vegas police on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend.
Chris Albrecht
Chris Albrecht

Mr. Albrecht had requested the leave "pending the resolution of the police incident that occurred Sunday in Las Vegas," according to a brief statement from the company. "We take these matters very seriously and will monitor this situation closely," Time Warner Chairman-CEO Richard Parsons said in the statement. HBO Chief Operating Officer Bill Nelson was named to handle Mr. Albrecht's duties until the matter gets sorted out.

Attended boxing match
Las Vegas police arrested Mr. Albrecht Sunday morning outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where he and his girlfriend had watched HBO's heavily promoted boxing match between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather. Mr. Albrecht was later released.

Mr. Albrecht has been handling HBO's transition to original programming after the series finale of "The Sopranos," which along with "Sex and The City" made the channel a must-have for many viewers. He joined HBO in 1985 as a senior VP and was named CEO in July 2002.
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