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Distributor of TV Shows Arrested For Drugs, Theft

March 7, 1987

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ The chairman of the company that distributes ″The Oprah Winfrey Show,″ ″Wheel of Fortune,″ and ″Jeopardy 3/8″ was charged with robbery, auto theft and drug charges last month, authorities said.

Roger Monroe King, 43, of Saddle River, N.J., chairman of the board of King World Productions of New York, was arrested and jailed briefly Feb. 21, police said.

Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Ott Cefkin said King got into an argument with the driver of a cab he was riding in, pulled the driver from the car, punched him, and then stole the car.

Police said they found three small bags of cocaine in King’s possession when they arrested him at a nearby restaurant.

King was charged with auto theft, strong-arm robbery and possession of cocaine, and was released on $7,000 bond.

King’s company referred all calls on the case to the Los Angeles public relations firm of Bender, Goldman and Helper. Lee Helper described the incident as ″a private matter that is being handled by his personal attorney.″

Helper said the incident ″in no way affects the company or its business.″

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