Saturday, 29 June 2013

Film-Maker Who Directed Dame Helen Mirren Is In The Court's Spotlight - Again

Coronado: Doyen of Hammersmith Magistrates' Court 

A flamboyant film-maker, who directed Dame Helen Mirren in 'Hamlet', has been arrested at least five times in the last eighteen months and is barred from his local pub for constantly causing trouble.

Celestino Coronado, 68, of Chelsea Court, Embankment Gardens, Chelsea - the writer/producer/director of the 1976 Shakespeare production - has even been the subject of an ASBO application, but it was dropped.

He has recently been convicted of assaulting a man in Peter Jones department store, Sloane Square and has received further convictions for assault, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.

Coronado, who was also the producer/director of a 1985 television production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, was convicted in a separate case of causing £250 worth of criminal damage to a Seat Leon car in west London.

He has also been arrested and charged with harassment; assaulting a police officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and assaulting a barmaid at the Chelsea Potter pub, Kings Road.

In yet another recent court hearing three days ago the pub's supervisor Claire Smith told Hammersmith Magistrates' Court: "He is barred and he has been told this many times.

"He did his usual: 'Who are you? You can't tell me what to do. Who do you think you are?' and he refused to leave.

"He had a bottle of wine on him, which we do not serve, and a member of staff took it off him.

"He said: 'That's mine. How dare you,' and tried to grab the bottle and pushed her back.

"She stumbled back and almost fell down, using her hand to save herself.

"He was up, jumping around, and went into the road dancing around and he stood in front of a car, stopping it getting past."

The pub staff reported Coronado's behaviour to the police and he was arrested, but was cleared of any offence due to evidential difficulties.

It is not known if he has any pending court cases at the moment.

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