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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 8:01 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Honolulu judge frees ex-soap opera star from prison

Advertiser Courts Writer


Brenda Dickson appeared in Family Court in Honolulu in February.

RICHARD AMBO | Honolulu Advertiser

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Former soap opera star Brenda Dickson was released from prison today after spending more than three months behind bars for refusing to obey court orders directing her to allow the sale of a Los Angeles apartment that was part of a bitter divorce.

Part-time Family Court District Judge Darryl Choy ordered the release after Charles Kleintop, lawyer for Dickson's ex-husband, Jan Weinberg, wrote to the judge that the apartment had been sold and Weinberg was withdrawing his objection to Dickson's release.

Dickson spent 16 days at the O'ahu Community Correctional Center earlier this year, then was sent back on April 5 for refusing to vacate the apartment. She has been at the prison then until her release today.

Peter Esser, Dickson's lawyer who is appealing the rulings in the divorce case, said the former star in "The Young and the Restless" series was staying at a Waikiki hotel. Esser said Dickson's mother has offered her daughter money to send her back to Los Angeles.