Charges dropped in Illinois taping of ‘New Moon’


CHICAGO (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a 22-year-old Chicago woman accused of videotaping part of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” at a movie theater.

Cook County prosecutors on Friday announced in court that they won’t pursue charges against Samantha Tumpach.

Tumpach was arrested Nov. 28 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont and faced a felony charge of illegally copying the film.

She had about three minutes of “New Moon” on her digital camera. Tumpach has said she was taping her sister’s birthday party and wasn’t trying to record the movie.

The film’s director, Chris Weitz, came to Tumpach’s defense. He told the Chicago Sun-Times there’s a difference between trying to protect a copyright and prosecuting someone who didn’t mean to commit video piracy.