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WISE DEAL: Former Dolce & Gabbana publicist Ali Wise on Thursday admitted guilt in an electronic snooping case, and likely ended a legal drama that had made for tabloid fodder for the better part of a year. Wise avoided any jail time by pleading guilty to two counts each of eavesdropping and computer trespass. Both are felonies that can carry a prison sentence of up to four years. As part of an agreement with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Wise was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and to pay a $1,000 fine.
Police arrested Wise last July on charges she had used a service called SpoofCard to break into and tamper with the voice mail account of social rival Nina Freudenberger. Both women had dated Downtown Records founder and chief executive officer Josh Deutsch. Authorities later added other victims and hundreds of other electronic break-ins to the charges. The case launched Wise from gossip column fixture to page-one billing, where headline authors haven’t hesitated to pair the words “hack” and “flack.”
“I’m glad that there’s resolution,” said Wise, who’s been doing consulting work on her own since parting ways with Dolce & Gabbana following the arrest. “I’m happy to put this behind me and move forward.”
Wise wore a trenchcoat and matching heels to a midmorning hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court, where she formally entered her plea. Justice Jill Konviser explained to Wise that if she completes the conditions of the agreement and stays out of trouble for two years, the court will downgrade the felony charges to misdemeanors. Konviser also extended an order of protection that bars Wise from contacting two unidentified victims through the length of her court supervision. The social media-savvy judge made sure to note the order applied to Facebook and Twitter.
— Matthew Lynch