Media Celebrity Charlie LeDuff Faces May Trial in Domestic Violence Case

February 13, 2024, 10:42 PM by  Allan Lengel

Charlie LeDuff

Detroit media celebrity and podcaster Charlie LeDuff faces a May 14 trial in Oak Park's 45th District Court on a charge of domestic violence involving his wife.

LeDuff waived his right to a jury and opted for a bench trial, which means the judge will decide his fate, online court records show.

A day after his Dec. 18 arrest, LeDuff appeared for an arraignment in 45th District Court in Oak Park. LeDuff, who did not speak during the brief hearing and was released on personal bond of $5,000, which means he posted no money.

His attorney Todd Perkins said in court that LeDuff was accused of assaulting his wife of 31 years. He entered a not-guilty plea on LeDuff's behalf.

In his podcast, The No BS Newshour, in late December, LeDuff said:

"I love my family. I've been married over 30 years and they're the only thing that's really important to me. And yes it's true, I was arrested for a domestic allegation at my home this past week and that's all I can really say about things right now. It has to work its way through the legal system. But I thought you should hear it from me and your good thoughts are appreciated."

LeDuff worked for the New York Times, and won a  Pulitizer Prize in 2001, along with some other journalist for a series. "How Race Is Lived In America." He later went on to work for the Detroit News, Fox 2 and Deadline Detroit. 


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