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LIFETIME Brings Story of Max Factor Heir, Convicted Rapist and Fugitive, Andrew Luster, to Television in 'Against Their Will' (wt); LIFETIME Partnering with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and National Center for Victims of Crime to Inform and Support Women on the Issue of Sexual Assault.

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- LIFETIME Television will soon begin filming "Against Their Will" (wt), the true story of the trial of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, who was convicted of 86 criminal counts of rape and sexual assault and is now a fugitive, it was announced today by Trevor Walton, Senior Vice President, LIFETIME Original Movies.

"Through his acts of deception and violence, Andrew Luster tragically changed the lives of numerous women. 'Against Their Will' focuses on three of those lives," said Walton. "In an effort to educate and inform our viewers about the danger of rape drugs and help women protect themselves, we will be collaborating with RAINN and the National Center for Victims of Crime."

Based on the original court transcripts, "Against Their Will" follows the story of three different women who thought they met their dream man, Max Factor heir Andrew Luster. What they could not have imagined was that Luster was a sexual predator who would drug them with GHB* (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and rape them while they were unconscious. Ultimately, it is the powerful testimony of these three women and the emotional devastation they still carry to this day that would lead to Luster's conviction on 86 criminal counts, including rape by use of drugs. Luster, however, fled before his conviction and sentencing of 124 years. He remains on America's Most Wanted list as a fugitive from justice.

"This is the story of how three young women not only survived the ultimate violation, but also how they stood strong together in their testimony to convict a wealthy, playboy, rapist," said Larry A. Thompson, Executive Producer. "I applaud LIFETIME for having the courage to make this movie which will educate women on sexual predators who use drugs as their modern day weapon of choice."

"By sharing this story, LIFETIME is doing a great service, shedding light on the real dangers of GHB and other predatory drugs as well as the impact that sexual assault has on women and their families," said Jamie Zuieback, Communications Director of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). "We look forward to working with LIFETIME on this film project so millions of women, especially young women and their families, get the information and resources they want and need."

'Against Their Will' will be an important vehicle to demonstrate to millions of women and men that no matter the circumstances sexual assault is a crime, the victim is never to blame and those who commit it should be held accountable," said Susan Herman, Executive Director, National Center for Victims of Crime. "We are grateful to LIFETIME for choosing to share this important story with its viewers and encouraging other women to speak out."

"Against Their Will" is produced by the Larry A. Thompson Organization for LIFETIME Television. Bobby Roth directs from a teleplay by Christopher Canaan ("Drug Wars: The Camarena Story," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Robinson Crusoe"). Executive Producer is Larry A. Thompson ("And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story," "Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter").

LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and has been the #1 cable television network in primetime for the last two years. LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Launched in 1984, LIFETIME serves nearly 86 million households nationwide. In 1998 LIFETIME launched a 24-hour sister service, the Lifetime Movie Network, now in nearly 37 million homes, and a second sister service, Lifetime Real Women, launched in August 2001. On the web, Lifetime Online (http://www.lifetimetv.com/) features informational resources and interactive entertainment. Lifetime magazine, a new women's lifestyle title, launched in April 2003. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Online, are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company, as is Lifetime magazine.

* gamma-hydroxybutyrate is a synthetic drug used in sexual assaults

because it renders the victim incapable of resisting.

CONTACT: Tracy Speed of LIFETIME Television, +1-310-556-7541, tspeed@lifetimetv.com

Web site: http://www.lifetimetv.com/
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