HBO producer pleads guilty to role in overdose of female doctor


On Tuesday, Marc Henry Johnson, an HBO executive producer pleaded guilty for his role in attempting to cover up the death of Dr. Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny after she overdosed on cocaine in 2015.

Johnson, 52, was arrested with his drug dealer, James “Pepsi” Holder, 60, by the New York Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration agents in May 2016 after investigators discovered that the death of Cerveny on October 4, 2015, followed a drug binge by the three individuals.

Johnson and Holder were both accused of giving cocaine to the mother of three and then attempting to cover up her fatal overdose. Surveillance video captured the two men carrying Cerveny’s lifeless body down the stairs in a New York apartment where her body was later found in a doorway.

Cerveny, 38, was a wife, mother, and Long Island resident. An autopsy discovered she died from an acute mix of alcohol intoxication and cocaine.

SadAlthough reports say Cerveny had used cocaine in the past, friends, such as her former professor at the Medical Center of Louisiana, Thomas Nicortri, told NBC New York regarding the doctor and her husband:

“They looked healthy and happy. It seemed like they were on top of the world.”

Johnson was the producer of HBO’s “The Deuce,” starring James Franco, a pilot about New York’s porn industry in the 1970s and 80s. According to Deadline, he left the project after the doctor’s death.

His sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2017; although he faces drug conspiracy charges that could land him a federal sentence of up to 10 years, the New York Daily News reports that prosecutors will recommend he serve between 18 and 24 months.

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The following news report was released October 6, 2015, two days after the doctor’s death:

H/T: The Daily Mail

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