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Stagehand arrested at CBS

'Idol' worker carried weapons in car

HOLLYWOOD — A stagehand for the Fox network’s reality hit “American Idol” was arrested outside CBS Television City on Friday after guards found multiple weapons in the trunk of the man’s car.

Brian Hallum, 46, was later charged with possessing a concealed loaded weapon, a misdemeanor offense.

Hallum is a carpenter and employee of Scenic Express, a subcontractor hired to construct a new set for “American Idol.” Friday was to be his first day on the “American Idol” set.

Hallum reported for work at Television City’s Beverly Boulevard entrance at about 12:30 p.m., when security guards, who didn’t recognize him, opted to search his vehicle.

When the officials found a number of guns in his trunk — including at least one loaded weapon — CBS security officials detained him without incident.

Hallum was later brought in by LAPD officers for questioning. Sources said he may be a gun enthusiast who didn’t understand the degree of security at CBS.

Hallum “had not previously worked on, or visited, the ‘American Idol’ set,” a Fox statement said. “We congratulate CBS on their outstanding security and appreciate their rapid and professional response. The safety of our contestants, judges, hosts and production staff is our primary concern.”

Hallum’s arrest comes almost two months after a man crashed through security gates at CBS Television City and holed up inside the complex for more than four hours.

In that case, 31-year-old Raymond Derouen eventually shot himself in the stomach. Derouen was arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault with a firearm; he’s set to be arraigned July 25.

“American Idol” is taped on a stage next to CBS’ West Coast headquarters in the Fairfax district. Scenic Express was hired by American Idol Prods., the company created by 19 Prods. and FremantleMedia to produce the skein.

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