Thursday August 19, 1999 :
Pilot Fined Over Streisand Wedding
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - A helicopter pilot charged with flying too low over Barbra Streisand's wedding last summer pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and was fined $500 and grounded for 30 days.
Robert Butler was also placed on two years' probation Wednesday and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
Butler was arrested Feb. 25 after a seven-month investigation by sheriff's investigators into complaints that a helicopter pilot carrying a photographer flew dangerously close to Ms. Streisand's outdoor wedding to James Brolin on July 1, 1998, at her estate.
The event attracted 15 helicopters, but witnesses said Butler's helicopter separated from the others and flew recklessly low above the 250 guests. The legal level was 500 feet.