Alleged ''Clones'' pirate pleads not guilty. The former Lucasfilm production assistant accused of pilfering $450,000 in collectibles and leaking an advance copy of ''Star Wars: Episode II'' to Harry Knowles could face seven years in prison

By Gary Susman
Updated November 08, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

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Former Lucasfilm production assistant Shea O’Brien Foley insists he didn’t cross over to the dark side. He was arrested last month and charged with pilfering some $450,000 worth of ”Star Wars”-abilia and accused of leaking a bootleg advance copy of ”Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” to Harry Knowles, who posted a review of the movie his Ain’t It Cool News website two months before it opened. On Wednesday, however, Foley pleaded not guilty in San Rafael, Calif., to four counts of unlawful access to a computer system and nine counts of grand theft, the Associated Press reports.

At the time of his arrest, according to local paper the Marin Independent Journal, the police report said Lucasfilm had fired Foley in April after he allegedly admitted taking various items as personal souvenirs during the 20 months he worked for the film firm. Company and police searches of his computer, his home, and his mother’s home allegedly turned up thousands of rare collectibles, including 19 sound effects CD-ROMs, 2,000 digital images, hundreds of clips from the unfinished ”Episode II,” and about 113 storyboard sketches that featured handwritten notes by George Lucas.

Both Foley and Knowles have denied that Foley was the one who leaked the ”Clones” clone to the Ain’t It Cool guru, though Knowles still won’t specify how he came to see the advance copy. Police have said that Knowles is not implicated in the case.

As for Foley, he’s free on $200,000 bail but faces a possible sentence of more than seven years if convicted. His next court date is in January, AP reports.

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Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones

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  • PG
  • 142 minutes
  • George Lucas