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‘She’s not a drug dealer, she’s a student’: Shock of DJ’s girlfriend held in Philip Seymour Hoffman heroin raid as she’s DENIED bail

  • Juliana Luchkiw, a female college student, looked aghast as she, her DJ boyfriend Max Rosenblum, and a jazz musician, Robert Vineberg were denied bail Wednesday night
  • The trio and a fourth person, who has had all charges dropped, were arrested in a drug raid late Tuesday linked to the heroin that killed Hoffman
  • Luchkiw and Rosenblum were charged only with a misdemeanor charge of possessing cocaine, not heroin
  • But Vineberg, was facing a felony charge of heroin possession with intent to sell after 300 bags of the drug were discovered at his Mott St home
  • Comes as the lights of Broadway were dimmed for a candlelight vigil in which hundreds of fans mourned Hoffman
  • Actor Eric Bogosian spoke to the crowd gathered in the home of the Labyrinth Theater Company, where Hoffman was a member and director
  • Earlier, Michelle Williams, who worked with Hoffman in the 2008 film ‘Synecdoche, New York,’ visited Mimi O’Donnell’s West Village home

By HELEN POW

PUBLISHED: 18:33 EST, 5 February 2014 | UPDATED: 06:44 EST, 6 February 2014

A student and her DJ boyfriend were last night ordered to stay in jail after they were arrested in a raid on the accused drug dealer who allegedly supplied Philip Seymour Hoffman with his fatal dose of heroin.

Juliana Luchkiw, the 22-year-old daughter of a lawyer, and boyfriend Max Rosenblum were arrested Tuesday night in their home during a drug raid on their next door neighbor, jazz musician Robert Vineberg.

Vineberg is accused of being the drug dealer who sold the heroin that PSH apparently overdosed on – and it appears that the young couple were caught up in the raid as well when police found cocaine in their apartment.

Luchkiw was charged with possessing cocaine and screamed, ‘Why is this happening? I can’t spend another night in here!’ as she was denied bail.

Her DJ boyfriend Rosenblum, 22, was also charged with cocaine while Vineberg was charged with possessing heroin with intent to sell after hundreds of bags of heroin were found in his apartment.

Jaw-dropping: The female suspect, Juliana Luchkiw, right, looked aghast during the court hearing

Jaw-dropping: The female suspect, Juliana Luchkiw, right, looked aghast during the court hearing

 

Innocent: In contrast, DJ Max Rosenblum, right, barely reacted as he was charged. Lawyers for the three say they had nothing to do with Hoffman's deathInnocent: In contrast, DJ Max Rosenblum, right, barely reacted as he was charged. Lawyers for the three say they had nothing to do with Hoffman's death

Innocent: In contrast, DJ Max Rosenblum, right, barely reacted as he was charged. Lawyers for the three say they had nothing to do with Hoffman’s death

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Maddin ruled that she couldn’t hear bail applications because the case was indicted and was now the jurisdiction of Manhattan Supreme Court.

Charges were dropped against a fourth person, Thomas Cushman 48, who was arrested at a third apartment during the raid. According to the New York Daily News he was the only one arrested who didn’t live there.

‘I was visiting,’ he said. He reportedly was sporting a black eye he blamed on police. ‘I had nothing to do with it.’

‘She’s not a drug dealer. She’s a college student,’ Stephen Turano, Juliana Luchkiw’s lawyer, told the judge as he, along with attorneys for Rosenblum and Vineberg, vigorously denied his client had any role in Hoffman’s death.

Vineberg’s lawyer even suggested his client was being used as a ‘scapegoat.’

‘This case and the charges against Mr. Vineberg have absolutely nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. … We’re hoping the (district attorney) will not use Mr. Vineberg as a scapegoat,’ said his lawyer, Edward Kratt, who declined to say whether Vineberg knew Hoffman.

According to the New York Daily News, three cell phones containing Hoffman’s number were found during the raid. At least one of the cells belonged to Vineberg, police said.

Alleged dealer: Robert Aaron Vineberg, pictured in court Wednesday, was arraigned on drug charges

Alleged dealer: Robert Aaron Vineberg, pictured in court Wednesday, was arraigned on drug charges
Wave: Vineberg, pictured left and right, waves at photographers at one point

Wave: Vineberg, pictured left and right, waves at photographers at one point

Wave: Vineberg, pictured left and right, waves at photographers at one point 
Hey you: Vineberg, a jazz musician, points at a camera as defense attorney Edward Kratt looks on during his arraignment in court

Hey you: Vineberg, a jazz musician, points at a camera as defense attorney Edward Kratt looks on during his arraignment in court

However, prosecutors Wednesday stopped short of linking him to the heroin that killed Hoffman.

‘There’s a very active ongoing investigation into who sold it,’ a source told the Daily News.

The arrests came two days into the high-profile case, reflecting the attention and urgency it has attracted.

All three of the people charged were indicted within a day after their arrests, a fairly unusual step, and were being held without bail. The two charged with cocaine possession, Juliana Luchkiw and Max Rosenblum, a couple who are neighbors of Vineberg’s, were visibly dismayed when they were denied bail, though their lawyers hoped to revisit the issue Thursday.

Rosenblum’s lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, said his client ‘has nothing to do with Philip Seymour Hoffman.’

Luchkiw and Rosenbaum had two bags of cocaine, while investigators found about 300 packets of heroin, a bag of cocaine and about $1,200 in cash in Vineberg’s apartment, according to criminal complaints.

Four people were arrested in the late night raid after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman’s death, told police he had seen the actor at Vineberg’s apartment building.

But prosecutors declined to pursue charges against one of the four, saying there was no evidence that he had control of the heroin found or the apartment in which they were discovered.

Arrests: The arrests came two days into the high-profile case, reflecting the attention and urgency it has attractedArrests: The arrests came two days into the high-profile case, reflecting the attention and urgency it has attracted
No connection: Rosenblum's lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, said his client, pictured, 'has nothing to do with Philip Seymour Hoffman'

No connection: Rosenblum’s lawyer, Daniel Hochheiser, said his client, pictured, ‘has nothing to do with Philip Seymour Hoffman’

Rep. mentions Philip Seymour Hoffman at pot hearing

Father: Attorney Michael Luchkiw leaves New York City Criminal Court after attending his daughter Juliana Luchkiw's arraignment Wednesday night

Father: Attorney Michael Luchkiw leaves New York City Criminal Court after attending his daughter Juliana Luchkiw’s arraignment Wednesday night

Rosenblum and drama student Luchkiw, both 22, are Vineberg’s neighbors. They were arrested in their own apartment and charged with misdemeanor drug possession and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Cushman, the fourth suspect who was released, was also arrested on drug charges in a third apartment during the police swoop around 7.30pm.

Luchkiw, a student at The New School, was pictured by the Post walking into a Manhattan police station on Tuesday alongside Rosenblum who she has been reportedly dating for a year. She yelled: ‘Stop taking pictures, stop taking pictures.’

Rosenblum tried to calm down his girlfriend by telling her: ‘This has nothing to do with you, babe.’

Luchkiw’s family are from Harrington Park, New Jersey and her father Michael is a partner at law firm Decotiis FitzPatrick Cole & Wisler based in Teaneck.

When MailOnline called her family home a woman who identified herself as Luchkiw’s mother said: ‘You’re making me very nervous right now, I can’t talk to you’ and hung up.

Scene: Police carrying shields broke down doors and arrested three men and a woman during a Tuesday evening raid inside 302 Mott St, pictured, in New york City

Scene: Police carrying shields broke down doors and arrested three men and a woman during a Tuesday evening raid inside 302 Mott St, pictured, in New york City
Building: Cops raided 302 Mott Street, pictured, Tuesday night. Four people were arrested and more than 350 bags of heroin were seized

Building: Cops raided 302 Mott Street, pictured, Tuesday night. Four people were arrested and more than 350 bags of heroin were seized
Apartment: It is believed at least one of the arrested parties called no. 27 home

Apartment: It is believed at least one of the arrested parties called no. 27 home
Arrested: The arrests are allegedly associated with the heroin Philip Seymour Hoffman purchased the night before his death

Arrested: The arrests are allegedly associated with the heroin Philip Seymour Hoffman purchased the night before his death

Rosenblum appears to have had a similarly privileged upbringing. His brother Josh is a lawyer while his sister attended Columbia University in New York.

The aspiring DJ constantly plugs his own tracks on social media and appears a fixture of the New York rave scene.

On February 2, the day that Hoffman was found dead from an apparent drug overdose, Rosenblum retweeted a message to his Twitter profile which read: ‘Dealer turnt dj.’

Investigators have determined that the ‘Capote’ star made six ATM transactions for a total of $1,200 inside a supermarket near his home the day before his death, law enforcement officials have said.

Investigators are examining a computer and two iPads found at the scene for clues and recovered syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications, including a blood pressure drug and a muscle relaxant, law enforcement officials have said.

Police learned from phone records that one of the suspects had Hoffman’s cell phone number, strengthening the theory that they may have supplied him with drugs, the law enforcement officials said.

The officials, who weren’t authorized to speak about evidence in the ongoing investigation of the death and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, didn’t identify which of the suspects had the number.

DJ Max Rosenblum, 22, and drama student girlfriend Juliana Luchkiw, 22, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug possessionDJ Max Rosenblum, 22, and drama student girlfriend Juliana Luchkiw, 22, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor drug possession
Luchkiw (pictured left) and Rosenblum (right) were arrested at an apartment on Tuesday evening in downtown Manhattan

Luchkiw (pictured left) and Rosenblum (right) were arrested at an apartment on Tuesday evening in downtown Manhattan

Luchkiw (pictured left) and Rosenblum (right) were arrested at an apartment on Tuesday evening in downtown Manhattan where Philip Seymour Hoffman had allegedly bought drugs in the past few months
The young couple have been dating for around a year according to reports. They were arrested last night during a drug swoop by the NYPD

The young couple have been dating for around a year according to reports. They were arrested last night during a drug swoop by the NYPD

The young couple have been dating for around a year according to reports. They were arrested last night during a drug swoop by the NYPD

Some of the packets found in Hoffman’s apartment were variously stamped with the ace of hearts and others with the ace of spades. Those found in the building where the arrests occurred had different brand names, including Black List and Panda, the officials said.

Police were waiting for a cause of death for the Oscar-winning actor from the medical examiner’s office, which said on Wednesday that more tests were needed.

There was no timetable for Hoffman’s autopsy to be finished, said medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer, who declined to discuss the pending tests. Toxicology and tissue tests are typically done in such cases.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin in samples from at least 50 packets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said.

Courts have found that under state law drug dealers can’t be held liable for customers’ deaths.

A 1972 state appellate division case found a dealer can’t be found guilty of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide for selling heroin and syringes to a customer who later dies because, the court ruled, legislation enhancing punishment for drug crimes didn’t redefine homicide to include the sale of an illicit drug that results in death.

The couple, both 22, were arrested at the apartment in lower Manhattan on misdemeanor drug charges along with two older men

The couple, both 22, were arrested at the apartment in lower Manhattan on misdemeanor drug charges along with two older men
Robert Aaron Vineberg, 57, is alleged to have dealt heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman but his stepdaughter today denied that he had sold him drugs since November

Robert Aaron Vineberg, 57, is alleged to have dealt heroin to Philip Seymour Hoffman but his stepdaughter today denied that he had sold him drugs since November

And holding a drug dealer criminally liable for a customer’s overdose death could prove difficult for the district attorney’s office, said James Cohen, a Fordham University School of Law professor who runs a clinic that represents federal criminal defendants.

‘It’s not just enough that you know, if you will, theoretically or academically, that heroin could kill,’ he said.

The court hearing took place as the lights of Broadway were dimmed for a candlelight vigil in which hundreds of fans and fellow actors mourned the beloved actor.

Actor Eric Bogosian spoke to the somber crowd gathered in the courtyard at the Bank Street Theater, the home of the Labyrinth Theater Company, where Hoffman was previously a member and director, as famous friends of the Oscar-winner, including Michelle Williams, continued to visit his longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell’s home to pay their respects.

Also on Wednesday, the daughter of one of the suspected drug dealers claimed her stepfather didn’t sell Hoffman the deadly batch of heroin.

Vigil: Hundreds of people gather for a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the courtyard of the Bank Street Theater, home of the Labyrinth Theater Company, Wednesday

Vigil: Hundreds of people gather for a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the courtyard of the Bank Street Theater, home of the Labyrinth Theater Company, Wednesday
Friend: Actor Eric Bogosian speaks during the candlelight vigil

Friend: Actor Eric Bogosian speaks during the candlelight vigil
Support: Two women embrace in the courtyard of the Labyrinth Theater in New York as they remember actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Support: Two women embrace in the courtyard of the Labyrinth Theater in New York as they remember actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

Touched: Hoffman leaves an incredible legacy of film and stage work that touched many

Touched: Hoffman leaves an incredible legacy of film and stage work that touched many
Tears: A woman sheds tears during a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman following his tragic death

Tears: A woman sheds tears during a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman following his tragic death

Tears: Fans shed tears during a candlelight vigil for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman following his tragic death
West Village: The community prayer and candlelight vigil was sponsored by the Labyrinth Theater Company

West Village: The community prayer and candlelight vigil was sponsored by the Labyrinth Theater Company

Hoffman’s number was found in a phone belonging to drug dealer Robert Vineberg after the police raid in Manhattan’s Nolita that was based on a tip-off that he may have sold heroin to the late actor.

Vineberg’s stepdaughter Christina Soto, 33, confirmed on Tuesday that he did push drugs and knew Hoffman but insisted that her stepfather did not sell Hoffman the heroin batch which is believed to have killed him. Vineberg had not seen Hoffman since November, his stepdaughter claimed.

Struggling jazz musician Vineberg, 57, was arrested in his apartment at 302 Mott Street in the pricey Nolita district of Manhattan and charged with drug possession after hundreds of bags of heroin were found at his home.

No stranger to the perils of drug addiction, Michelle Williams, who worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2008 film ‘Synecdoche, New York,’ arrived at O’Donnell’s West Village home Wednesday afternoon to offer her support to the grieving mother-of-three.

Friends: Michelle Williams arrives at the home of Mimi O'Donnell Wednesday to mourn the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Friends: Michelle Williams arrives at the home of Mimi O’Donnell Wednesday to mourn the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman
Co-stars: Williams worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2008 film Synecdoche

Co-stars: Williams worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2008 film Synecdoche

Co-stars: Williams worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2008 film Synecdoche

Michelle Williams visits Hoffman’s grieving girlfriend

Movie role: Williams, pictured left, worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2008 film 'Synecdoche, New York' alongside Catherine Keener, right

Movie role: Williams, pictured left, worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2008 film ‘Synecdoche, New York’ alongside Catherine Keener, right

Earlier this week it was reported that Hoffman, who had been clean for 23 years until last May, tried to persuade her ex, Heath Ledger, to quit drugs.

Ledger, the father of Willams’ 8-year-old daughter, Matilda, died of a prescription drug overdose in his New York apartment in 2008, aged just 28, but he reportedly also battled with heroin and cocaine addiction.

Joaquin Phoenix visited O’Donnell again Wednesday, this time with his girlfriend, Allie Teilz. Phoenix, who starred alongside the beloved actor in the critically acclaimed The Master, spent hours at O’Donnell’s home, presumably also comforting Hoffman’s three children, Tuesday night.

Also on Tuesday, Ethan Hawke and Justin Theroux called into the home to pay their respects. Cate Blanchett arrived bearing gifts for Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5, on Monday.

More support: Joaquin Phoenix and his girlfriend Allie Teilz head back to Mimi O'Donnell's house Wednesday to pay their respects after the death of their good friend Philip Seymour HoffmanMore support: Joaquin Phoenix and his girlfriend Allie Teilz head back to Mimi O’Donnell’s house Wednesday to pay their respects after the death of their good friend Philip Seymour Hoffman
Back again: Phoenix brought along his girlfriend Allie Teilz for support Wednesday as he visited O'Donnell's house for the second time

Back again: Phoenix brought along his girlfriend Allie Teilz for support Wednesday as he visited O'Donnell's house for the second time

Back again: Phoenix brought along his girlfriend Allie Teilz for support Wednesday as he visited O’Donnell’s house for the second time
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, pictured Wednesday, also came back to offer more support for Philip Seymour Hoffman's long-term partner Mimi O'Donnell after a Tuesday visit

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, pictured Wednesday, also came back to offer more support for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s long-term partner Mimi O’Donnell after a Tuesday visit
Close friends: Justin Theroux, pictured left and right on Wednesday, returned to be with O'Donnell again

Close friends: Justin Theroux, pictured left and right on Wednesday, returned to be with O'Donnell again

Close friends: Justin Theroux, pictured left and right on Wednesday, returned to be with O’Donnell again

Playwright David Katz, Hoffman’s good friend who discovered his body Sunday, also stopped by O’Donnell’s home Tuesday evening, just hours before the Mott Street raid.

Three men, including Vineberg, and one woman suspected of supplying Hoffman with the heroin that ended his life were arrested. The suspected dealers were nabbed with 350 bags of the drug, after the heroin believed to have killed the Oscar-winning actor was traced to the apartment.

The arrests came as it was revealed the heroin found near the Hoffman’s body Sunday didn’t contain the powerful additive fentanyl, which has been linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania. However, it could have been tainted with another deadly ingredient.

Bobby Cannavale and legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz were also among the friends and well-wishers who have come by the Jane Street apartment to offer their condolences to the distraught mother-of-three. All of the A-listers looked somber.

Visitation: Actor Ethan Hawke arrives on Tuesday evening at the house that his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman used to share with Mimi O'Donnell in New York City

Visitation: Actor Ethan Hawke arrives on Tuesday evening at the house that his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman used to share with Mimi O’Donnell in New York City
A-list friends: Some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Cate Blanchett, pictured Monday, visited Mimi O'Donnell's West Village home to pay their respects

A-list friends: Some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Cate Blanchett, pictured Monday, visited Mimi O’Donnell’s West Village home to pay their respects
Friends: Third Watch star Bobby Cannavale outside the West Village apartment where Mimi O'Donnell lives as he arrived to offer his condolences for the loss of her dead partner, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Friends: Third Watch star Bobby Cannavale outside the West Village apartment where Mimi O'Donnell lives as he arrived to offer his condolences for the loss of her dead partner, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Friends: Third Watch star Bobby Cannavale outside the West Village apartment where Mimi O’Donnell lives as he arrived Tuesday to offer his condolences for the loss of her dead partner, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Ethan Hawke pays his respects to Mimi O’Donnell

According to sources, a private wake for Hoffman’s family and friends will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral home from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday.

The only time O’Donnell has been spotted since her longtime partner’s death was when she visited an Upper East Side funeral home Tuesday to start planning Hoffman’s funeral, scheduled for Friday at St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Also Tuesday, Hoffman’s grieving mother, Marilyn O’Connor, arrived in Manhattan to be with her grandchildren.

Hoffman and O’Connor were extremely close and her even dedicated the 2005 Academy Award he won for ‘Capote’ to her. She was seen again outside the family home Wednesday.

Heartbroken: Mimi O'Donnell keeps herself covered as she leaves her New York apartment on Wednesday

Heartbroken: Mimi O’Donnell keeps herself covered as she leaves her New York apartment on Wednesday
Snow: The estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, pictured left and right on Wednesday, trudged through the slushy snow in New York

Snow: The estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, pictured left and right on Wednesday, trudged through the slushy snow in New York

Snow: The estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, pictured left and right on Wednesday, trudged through the slushy snow in New York
Mom: Philip Seymour Hoffman's mom, Marilyn O'Connor, arrives at Mimi O'Donnell's New York apartment. The mourning mother shielded her face as she was escorted into the apartment complex on a cold snowy day

Mom: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s mom, Marilyn O’Connor, arrives at Mimi O’Donnell’s New York apartment. The mourning mother shielded her face as she was escorted into the apartment complex on a cold snowy day
Press: The media remained outside the apartment Wednesday to capture visitors

Press: The media remained outside the apartment Wednesday to capture visitors
Visitors: More friends and well-wishers turned up at Mimi O'Donnell's home Wednesday to offer condolences

Visitors: More friends and well-wishers turned up at Mimi O’Donnell’s home Wednesday to offer condolences
Support: As snow covered New York City, friends continued to arrive at Hoffman's former home to give their support to his family

Support: As snow covered New York City, friends continued to arrive at Hoffman’s former home to give their support to his family
Cold weather: O'Donnell was no doubt in need of support, particularly on such a miserable winter's day

Cold weather: O’Donnell was no doubt in need of support, particularly on such a miserable winter’s day
Supplies:  Visitors arrived with bags of supplies and gifts for the family

Supplies: Visitors arrived with bags of supplies and gifts for the family

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2552659/Shes-not-drug-dealer-shes-college-student-Shocked-DJs-girlfriend-reacts-trio-DENY-having-heroin-killed-Philip-Seymour-Hoffman.html#ixzz2sXo90kIv
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