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HBO's Albrecht Spent 12 Hours in Jail

Las Vegas -- HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht spent about 12 hours in jail following his alleged assault of a woman identified as his girlfriend outside the MGM Grand Hotel here about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Officer Martin Wright of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said policy requires a 12-hour incarceration, or “cooling-off period,” for those arrested for suspected domestic violence. Albrecht was held on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault. He was released from Clark County Detention Center at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

Albrecht was in Las Vegas for the HBO cablecast of the super welterweight bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar de la Hoya. In the morning hours after the conclusion of the fight, Albrecht got into a dispute with the woman in the valet-parking area outside the hotel, in view of LVMPD officers paid by the casino to provide extra security for fight night, police said.

HBO had yet to issue any statement about the arrest of the executive by press time Monday. Wright said Monday that no court date had been set for Albrecht.

Albrecht, who’s had his current title since July 2002, has been with Time Warner-owned HBO since 1985. Before HBO, he was a powerful agent at International Creative Management, and before that, he co-owned The Improvisation comedy club in New York City.