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Rebecca Grossman Appears in Los Angeles Court on Murder Charge

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Wealthy Los Angeles socialist and philanthropist Rebecca Grossman appeared in Los Angeles court to be charged with murder for a hit and run that killed two young boys.

On Friday, 58-year-old Grossman appeared in court wearing a mask and a black long-sleeved dress with white checkered stripes and her blond hair in a side-swept ponytail.

She appeared stoically next to her lawyer and at one point bowed her head and closed her eyes and looked gloomy.

The socialite is charged with murder for running over and killing two young brothers while she was allegedly racing in her Mercedes

Grossman pleaded not guilty to all charges, including first degree murder.

In a pronunciationGrossman’s latest attorney, Tony Buzbee, said the 58-year-old is “overcharged” and that her legal team will not allow her to be “bullied.”

“The prosecution’s continued insistence to make this a murder case by overloading my client, a pillar of this community, with murder is nothing more than a transparent effort to force her to plead,” Buzbee said. ‘Such playing skills hinder progress in this important case. We will not allow Rebecca to be bullied like this.”

Her lawyer blamed the car accident on a “poorly marked, unguarded and unlit” crosswalk.

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On Friday, 58-year-old Grossman appeared in court in a long-sleeved black dress with white checkered stripes and her blonde hair in a side-swept ponytail.

In a statement, Grossman's newest attorney, Tony Buzbee, said the 57-year-old has

In a statement, Grossman’s newest attorney, Tony Buzbee, said the 57-year-old has “overcharged” and said her legal team will not allow her to be “bullied.”

Grossman appeared stoically next to her lawyer and at one point bowed her head and closed her eyes and looked gloomy

Grossman appeared stoically next to her lawyer and at one point bowed her head and closed her eyes and looked gloomy

Grossman pleaded not guilty to all charges, including second-degree murder, and denied all charges of special circumstances

Grossman pleaded not guilty to all charges, including second-degree murder, and denied all charges of special circumstances

Grossman appeared Friday before Judge Joseph Brandolino (pictured) on charges of murder for a hit-and-run accident in 2020

Grossman appeared Friday before Judge Joseph Brandolino (pictured) on charges of murder for a hit-and-run accident in 2020

Despite the seriousness of the crimes she has accused, the Grossman Burns Foundation co-founder has been released on $2 million bail for nearly two years.

She was charged last year with two counts of murder, two counts of manslaughter by a vehicle with gross negligence and one count of driving resulting in death for an accident on September 29, 2020 that involved brothers Mark and Jacob Iskander, aged 11 and 11. old, perished. 9, in Westlake Village, California.

The boys were walking with their family around 7:10 p.m. and crossing a three-way intersection with a marked zebra crossing — but no traffic light — when their parents heard a speeding car approaching.

They reached out to protect their children, but were only able to grab their two other children, Zackary and Violet. Mark and Jacob were too far away and were hit by the white Mercedes, police said.

A boy was reportedly carried 100 feet on the hood of the car before Grossman braked, he fell off the car and she hit him again as she fled the scene.

Mark died on the spot and Jacob died a few hours later in a hospital.

Police allege that when the boys were hit by her car, Grossman was exceeding the 45 mph speed limit and may have been racing her boyfriend and near-neighbor, World Series-winning pitcher Scott Erickson, 54, while the two were on their way to same house party.

The Iskanders together in their last photo: parents Nancy and Karim with their sons Zachary, Jacob and Mark;  and daughter, Violet

The Iskanders together in their last photo: parents Nancy and Karim with their sons Zachary, Jacob and Mark; and daughter, Violet

Mark (left) died on the spot and Jacob (right) died a few hours later in a hospital

Mark (left) died on the spot and Jacob (right) died a few hours later in a hospital

These undated school photos show the brothers.  One was pronounced dead on the spot, the other died in hospital

These undated school photos show the brothers. One was pronounced dead on the spot, the other died in hospital

The Mercedes that hit and killed two brothers.  Investigators said street racing may have been involved in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive

The Mercedes that hit and killed two brothers. Investigators said street racing may have been involved in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive

The Iskander brothers were walking across a zebra crossing with their parents and two siblings, Zackary and Violet, when they were hit.

The Iskander brothers were walking across a zebra crossing with their parents and two siblings, Zackary and Violet, when they were hit.

Karim and Nancy Iskander's parents of Mark and Jacob Iskander leave Los Angeles Superior Court in April after hearing for Rebecca Grossman

Karim and Nancy Iskander’s parents of Mark and Jacob Iskander leave Los Angeles Superior Court in April after hearing for Rebecca Grossman

Erickson, who won his ring with the Minnesota Twins in 1991, has been charged with reckless driving but has not been charged with any other offenses related to the brothers’ deaths.

Along with her husband, prominent plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Grossman, 59, is Grossman the founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation and ex-publisher of Westlake Magazine.

But the slow pace of court proceedings — including several hearings where Grossman failed to show up — has sparked outrage among protesters who believe her wealth and “connections” kept her out of jail.

Two petitions are circulating, claiming to have more than 50,000 signatures in total, calling for Grossman’s imprisonment.

“Justice must be served regardless of Grossman’s financial resources, status, privileges and connections,” one of them declared.

At a March hearing, Judge Shellie Samuels apologized to the patents of the victims, Nancy and Karim Iskander, for the many continuations and postponements in the case, the most recent of which was Grossman’s need to hire a new attorney. search and hire after her previous attorney fell ill.

“This case has gone on for far too long,” the judge said. “My apologies for the delays.”

It wasn’t the first time Judge Samuels expressed grief over the many robberies in Grossman’s case.

At a hearing last December, the judge also said the victims’ parents endured “torture and heartbreak” as the case continues.

On September 14, Samuels accused Grossman of failing to show up to her previous five scheduled court hearings, all of which were continued.

“We can’t keep this up. This is a serious case. These victims lost two children. It is bad for them that this takes so long. The family suffers.

Grossman lives in a $9.5 million, nine-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion in nearby Hidden Hills, on the same street as Full House actress Lori Loughlin.

According to its website, the Grossman Burn Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Grossman Burn Centers Inc, which treats victims of severe burn injuries around the world.

Grossman has also been involved in other humanitarian causes, including preventing violence against women, human rights and the American Heart Association, from whom she won the 2007 “Woman of the Year” award.

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