Michael Jackson doctor Arnie Klein almost arrested in Palm Springs

Michael Jackson doctor Dr. Arnold Klein

Dr. Arnold Klein arrives at Dame Elizabeth Taylor's 75th birthday party at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas on February 27, 2007, in Henderson, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The dermatologist for Michael Jackson was confronted by U.S. Marshals at his Palm Springs home this week, a spokeswoman told The Desert Sun on Friday.

Arnie Klein — known in Beverly Hills as “the Father of Botox” — had previously been ordered to turn over an extensive artwork collection and a Ferrari Spider as part of a bankruptcy case, according to authorities and media reports.

Investigators “spoke with Mr. Klein at his house” near downtown Palm Springs on Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Deputy Laura Veja told The Desert Sun.

“A warrant had been issued for his arrest for contempt of court, but they were actually able to visit with a civil warrant, not a criminal warrant,” she said.

“He gave the whereabouts of the locations of the missing things he was supposed to turn over, and they didn’t have to arrest him,” Veja continued.

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe

A visitor takes a picture of paintings from Andy Warhol's series "Marilyn Monroe, 1967", on March 4, 2012, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Klein reportedly owns a print that was wanted by authorities. (NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The art collection includes more than 100 pieces, including the famed Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe, TMZ.com has reported.

Veja did not say whether authorities now have the artwork in their possession.

A man who picked up the phone at Klein’s Palm Springs home identified himself as a personal assistant. Klein was not immediately available to comment, he said.

Palm Springs police spokesman Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said he was not aware of the Marshals’ visit.

Klein, 68, founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) as well as the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation with Taylor.

Palm Springs movie: Sean Patrick Flanery continues filming ‘Hidden Away’

Filming outside Azul in downtown Palm Springs on Tuesday, Feb. 6. (Photo by Kate McGinty, The Desert Sun)

A Hollywood film crew continued its takeover of Palm Springs — and social media — on Wednesday.

The crew planned to shoot at the popular restaurant Azul from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The film plan includes transforming the outside patio into a coffee shop, as well as scenes shot inside. It shot at the Palm Springs Art Museum on Monday.

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery tweeted this photo at the Forever Marilyn statue in Palm Springs. (Photo from @seanflanery via Twitter.com)

The movie stars Sean Patrick Flanery — a lead actor in the 1999 action flick “The Boondock Saints,” also known for his roles in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” “Dexter” and “The Young and the Restless” — who tweeted a photo of himself with the “Forever Marilyn” statue.

It also stars Emmanuelle Vaugier, who has had recurring roles on “CSI: NY” and “Two and a Half Men.”

She posted a photo to Facebook of herself Sunday in front of the The Saguaro in Palm Springs.

Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier outside the Saguara in Palm Springs. Photo from @evaugier, via Twitter.

She tweeted a second photo Tuesday at the Saguaro pool, with what looks like a film crew behind her.

The thriller, called “Hidden Away,” follows a woman who escapes an abusive husband and starts a new life in Palm Springs, but is found and terrorized by the husband years later.

Also in the cast:

  • Ivan Sergei: The Mentalist, Army Wives
  • Thomas Calabro: Glee, Melrose Place, Nip Tuck
  • Elisabeth Rohm: Law & Order, Angel, Lifetime’s The Client List

Palm Springs film festival: What the celebs say about Palm Springs

Actress Sally Field signed autographs Jan. 5, 2013, before walking the red carpet at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. (Wade Byars, The Desert Sun)

Dozens of Hollywood stars and starlets drove into the Coachella Valley on Jan. 5, 2013,  for the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s annual awards gala.

The stars talked about their Palm Springs visits — what they’ve been doing, if they’ve visited before — during brief interviews with The Desert Sun on the red carpet.


Sally Field, who won Career Achievement Award after her role in “Lincoln”

“I grew up in Los Angeles, so Palm Springs was the place we would go — it wasn’t often, every now and then. It was in the ‘50s, so it was literally one street. Palm Springs would always make me smile.  …

“I haven’t been here in a long time, so I thought, ‘What? This can’t be the place! What happened to Main Street?”


Martin Sheen, who presented Sally Field with her career achievement award

“This is my first time ever. I’ve never been to Palm Springs. I’ve driven through it, but I’ve never been here before. I always wanted to know where Frank Sinatra lived.”

He said he needed to leave Sunday morning: “But I’ve seen enough to want to come back, I’ll tell you that.”


Naomi Watts, who won Desert Palm Achievement Award – Actress  

While she was participating in a film festival session, her kids “had such a beautiful day” in the pool — and at Boomerz in Cathedral City.


“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, who won the ensemble award for “Argo”

“I’ll swing by and see my partners at Cinemas Palme d’Or and talk business and make sure that our theater is running smoothly and that our audiences enjoy the selection of films we have. ‘Argo’ is one of ‘em.”


Bill Pullman

“Yesterday morning we went out to the experimental station…  The date station out in Thermal and we ate a lot of dates with the guy, Vince, who runs it all.”

On Desert Sun reporter Bruce Fessier’s wife baking him date cookies: “I thought that is Palm Springs at its best.”


Director of the Year Robert Zemeckis and his wife, actress Leslie Zemeckis

The couple went to Copley’s on Palm Canyon for dinner Friday and to the Palm Springs Air Museum with their kids. They hoped to ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway before leaving town.

“We just love being around the architecture and just sort of the vibe of the city. We love it,” he said.


Ben Affleck, who won the Ensemble Performance Award for “Argo”

“I really like the community. I like Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio. I have memories of driving down here in the summers to see my dad and rolling the window down and it feeling like a blow dryer, you know, on my your arm.

“It has this wonderful romance to me of, like, all those pictures you see of old gas station rest stops on the side of the road in the 1950s. There’s a feeling of an older America here that’s past in a lot of places but that I really find romantic.”


Helen Mirren, who won International Star Award for “Hitchcock”

“I’ve been to Palm Springs for weekends now and then, and I had my very first Jacuzzi ever in Palm Springs, so that was an amazing and memorable experience. At this time of year, out under these incredible skies, is wonderful.”



– Desert Sun reporter Xochitl Pena contributed to this.