TV producer Eric Weinberg has $5-million bail revoked after judge labels him danger to society
The producer of the popular TV show ‘Mythbusters’ was detained last week while trying to get into the US and was accused of being a significant risk to national security because of his work with the show.
Eric Weinberg was placed in a detention center in the tiny town of Yankton, South Dakota, despite his family paying $3.5 million for him and sending it to his lawyers.
Despite the family’s financial support, he had to pay his own way.
He has also been accused of making jokes about child porn – but that’s another story.
According to local media, the case took a bizarre twist when Judge David Johnson revoked Weinberg’s $5 million bond, saying he was a significant risk to society.
In a release, Johnson said that Weinberg “has made jokes and is also a well-known member of a gang that uses kids as sex objects”
“I find his prior conduct to be significant, he has, amongst other things, made jokes and is also a well-known member of a gang that uses kids as sex objects,” Judge Johnson wrote.
In the release, Judge Johnson accused Weinberg of making jokes and saying he was a member of a gang that used children for sexual purposes.
According to local reports, Weinberg said as much in an interview with Fox, saying: “I think I have a high level of public awareness about this so, I do know that there’s a lot of people out there that think I’m really bad.
“I’m not a bad person. I want to live a good, productive life. I have a loving family and I don’t want to change my lifestyle.”
He said he would not be on the show “because I don’t want to get in trouble, do you understand?”
Weinberg’s attorney Bill Miller told local media: “He was not charged with any crime so it is not unusual for judges to revoke a defendant’s bond and then put them in federal custody.”
When it comes to his work he said: “He has no criminal background and no history of violence.”