Calif. Man Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping Actor

by | June 17, 2010 at 8:47 PM | Celebrities, TV News

Jeremy London (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Jeremy London (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

BY: Sandy Cohen
AP Entertainment Writer

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – A man has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping actor Jeremy London and forcing him to use drugs, the Riverside County district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Brandon Adams, 26, of Palm Springs, remained jailed after being arraigned Tuesday on five charges that include kidnapping and theft, said Michael Jeandron, a district attorney’s spokesman.

A statement from Palm Springs police said London, who appeared on TV’s ‘7th Heaven‘ and ‘Party of Five,’ was kidnapped while changing a flat tire on June 10.

The 37-year-old actor told police that several men helped him and he offered them a ride home. Police said one man later pulled a gun, forced London to drive around, buy alcohol and take drugs.

London said he escaped but his car was stolen. Police later found it and on June 11 arrested Adams.

It was not immediately known if Adams has retained a lawyer.

Dominic Friesen, a publicist for London, confirmed Thursday that the actor was the kidnapping victim and that London is working closely with police in their investigation. Friesen said London is at “an undisclosed location with family and friends” and appreciates the support from his fans.

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