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Pulp Fiction screenwriter jailed

Roger Avary
Avary told the court the accident has altered his life

Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction screenwriter Roger Avary has been sentenced to a year in jail after killing a friend in a drink driving crash in the US.

The 44-year-old writer pleaded guilty in August to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

He told the Californian court that the incident had "profoundly altered me to the very core of my being".

Andreas Zini was killed in the crash. which happened last year, and Avery's wife was injured.

Contribution

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Edward Brodie also sentenced Avary to five years of probation.

It was revealed in court that the writer had separately settled a civil action filed by Mr Zini's family for $4.1 million (£2.5 million).

The accident happened after Avery drove home from a restaurant with his wife Gretchen and Mr Zini.

Investigators said he crashed his Mercedes into a telephone pole at more than 100 miles (160 km) per hour, killing 34-year-old Mr Zini.

Avary co-wrote the screenplay for Pulp Fiction, which starred John Travolta, with the film's director, Quentin Tarantino.

However, Avary's contribution to the movie has been subject to debate, with Tarantino downplaying his former friend's involvement.

Journalist Sharon Waxman claims in her book Rebels On The Backlot that the former friends fell out over it.



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