Movie Director Charged With Arson, Child Abuse


LOS ANGELES — “Step Up Revolution” film director Scott Speer pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident last month.

Speer was charged with one felony count each of arson, injuring a spouse, child abuse, criminal threats and resisting arrest.

On April 18, Speer allegedly got into a drunken argument with his wife and hit her. He is accused of threatening to set things on fire at their Hollywood Hills residence, lighting a broom on fire, and placing the burning broom next to the house.

The couple’s 7-month-old daughter was inside the home during the incident, prosecutors said. The fire was extinguished and Speer was arrested.

If convicted as charged, Speer faces a possible maximum sentence of 11 years and eight months in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.