- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 24, 2002

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) Entertainment publicist Lizzie Grubman, whose clients have included Britney Spears and Jay-Z, swapped her Manhattan home for a Long Island jail cell yesterday to serve a 60-day sentence for a car crash that injured 16 persons outside a Hamptons nightclub.
A teary Grubman apologized again to the victims of the crash before she was led from the courtroom in handcuffs to begin her time behind bars in a 6-by-8-foot cell.
"I'm haunted by it daily," she said before her sentencing. Her father, Allen Grubman, a high-powered entertainment lawyer, was with her in court.
Grubman, 31, admitted last month that she had backed her luxury SUV into a crowd of revelers outside a trendy Southampton club July 7, 2001.
The accident ignited a media frenzy usually reserved for A-list celebrities, not someone who planned publicity for their parties.
Witnesses said Grubman had become upset when a bouncer at Southampton's Conscience Point Inn asked her to move her Mercedes SUV from a fire lane. The bouncer, Scott Conlon, said Grubman called him "white trash" before slamming her car into reverse and backing into the crowd.
The crash injured 16 people, scattering them across the ground with injuries ranging from broken bones to cuts and bruises. Grubman was whisked from the scene in another vehicle. By the time police tracked her down, it was too late for her to take a Breathalyzer test.
Grubman pleaded guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor assault charge under a plea agreement. Suffolk County Court Judge Michael Mullen sentenced her to 60 days in jail, 280 hours of community service and five years probation.
She could have faced up to seven years in prison if convicted of the most serious of the original charges. She had faced a 26-count indictment on felony charges of assault, vehicular assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
"I think she was treated like anyone else," said prosecutor Joy Watson, who was brought in from neighboring Nassau County over fears of potential conflicts in the Suffolk District Attorney's Office.
The crash exacerbated tensions between locals on the east end of Long Island and the out-of-towners who arrive every summer. The seasonal "Hamptons crowd" is often regarded as rude and condescending to year-round residents, and Grubman has been held up as the poster child for such behavior.

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