Allegedly drugged a 14-year-old girl.
Trendsetting KCRW Santa Monica host Chris Douridas was arrested more than a week ago on suspicion of drugging a 14-year-old girl and attempting to kidnap her, according to several published reports. Douridas, the musical tastemaker behind the soundtracks to a As Good As It Gets, American Beauty, Shrek 2, Grosse Pointe Blank and the Austin Powers series, was arrested shortly after midnight January 6 outside a Santa Monica nightclub after witnesses reported seeing him put something into the girl’s drink and carrying her outside the bar.
The girl became ill, was treated at a hospital and released. Douridas was released after posting $1 million in bail.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. district attorney is awaiting toxicology test results before deciding whether to press charges.
Since relinquishing his daily Morning Becomes Eclectic show on KCRW, Douridas’ musical tentacles have stretched far and wide. In addition to culling TV and movie soundtracks, he hosted a season of Sessions At West 54th Street for PBS. He also created the iTunes Originals performances series and is curator for the iTunes Essentials downloadable playlist series.
KCRW says he will continue as host of New Ground, a weekly 2-hour new music show for the non-commercial triple A outlet. “We believe in Chris as a person, and we think he has strong character,” the L.A. Times quoted KCRW assistant GM Jennifer Ferro as saying. “And we also think people are innocent until proven guilty.”