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Son of ‘King’s Speech’ distributor charged in fire

- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The son of the distributor for the Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech" is among four teenagers who have been arrested on arson charges in a fire at a New York City schoolyard.

The FDNY says Max Layton and three others were arrested Tuesday in the May 8 fire at Brooklyn's Public School 29. The fire caused $50,000 worth of damage to the school's jungle gym.

FDNY Chief Robert Byrnes says the boys were planning to pour rubbing alcohol on a slide, then light it on fire and slide down, while filming it to post online. But the blaze got out of control and the boys fled.

Layton's attorney Samuel Gregory said his client is a good kid. Layton's father, Charles, is president of Canada-based Alliance Films, which distributed the film.

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