Poundstone agrees to rehab

Comedian loses custody of adopted children

Comedian Paula Poundstone accepted a plea agreement Wednesday that ends her child-abuse case and clears her of lewd conduct charges.

The 41-year-old former star of the gameshow “To Tell the Truth” pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor inflicting injury on a child, according to her publicist Allan Mayer.

“The lewd conduct charges against me were dropped because they weren’t true,” Poundstone said in a written statement. “I pled no-contest to the child endangerment-injury charges because they were. My drinking helped to create a dangerous situation for the children. For this, I am very sorry.”

As a result of the deal, prosecutors dropped the three lewd conduct charges filed against Poundstone.

Poundstone accepted the prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation of five years supervised probation with the condition that 180 days in a secure drug and alcohol rehabilitation center count instead of county jail.

Poundstone lost custody of her three adopted children after she was arrested on June 27 in Malibu, but she could get them back, Mayer said. She will not regain custody of her two foster children and will not be eligible to care for more, he added.

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