Sunday, April 20, 2008

CNN Anchor Richard Quest Busted on Meth Charge

On-air personality arrested

Richard Quest, a CNN on-air personality with an outre style of reporting, made some outre news himself over the weekend as he was arrested inside New York's Central Park with a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket.

Cops nabbed Quest, 46, at 3:40 on Friday morning near 64th Street, initially for violating the park's overnight curfew. News reports stated that Quest told police he had meth in his pocket. According to the New York Times, "The police (then) searched him and recovered a small amount of methamphetamine in a Ziploc bag."

By Friday afternoon, news of the bust was all over the Internet. Then the New York Post offered up some salacious details: Not only did Quest have meth in his pocket but also "a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals, and a sex toy in his boot," according to the tabloid.

"It wasn't immediately clear what the rope was for," the paper said.

Quest was charged with loitering and for possession of a controlled substance. His attorney said that Quest was not aware that Central Park had a curfew from 1-6 a.m., according to news reports.

Quest was said to have agreed to attend six months of drug counseling in exchange for the likelihood that the charges against him would eventually be dismissed.

Having spent most of Friday in jail, Quest was later released without bail.

CNN has issued no comment on the matter.

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