This is the world’s biggest opera benefactor leaving the Manhattan court house yesterday (Weds) after being set free on bail. His appeal against conviction for conspiracy to commit fraud will be heard in the coming months, and star attorney Alan Dershowitz is involved the defence. The case looks increasingly shaky. Vilar received a nine-year sentence, of which he has served four.
On the courthouse steps he looks a little older than I remember and a good deal less dapper, but that should change with a few days of home comforts.
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