Student Charged In Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Reports on Treatment

By Victoria Kim 08/21/14

Juliana Luchkiw, the Parsons student arrested in connection with the actor's heroin overdose, gave the court an update on her treatment progress.

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The Parsons student who was arrested for drug possession in connection with the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is successfully getting treatment, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Juliana Luchkiw pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in April. She, along with her then-boyfriend Max Rosenblum and neighbor Robert Vineberg, were arrested in February after the police searched their Mott Street building and uncovered two bags of cocaine in Luchkiw and Rosenblum’s apartment, as well as 350 packets of heroin in Vineberg’s apartment.

An informant, who told police Vineberg regularly sold heroin to Hoffman, led investigators to the building. The information made police believe that Vineberg may have sold Hoffman his fatal batch of heroin. The 46-year-old actor was found dead in his West Village apartment in February with a needle in his arm.

The Parsons, The New School for Design student was 22 at the time of her arrest. She was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, her lawyer Stephen Turano said. “She’s a college student. She is not a drug dealer,” he said.

Luchkiw is able to enter a new plea to disorderly conduct, which is a violation, after completing six months of drug treatment. She appeared in court to give an update on her progress.

“She’s doing very well. She’s been fully compliant with her substance abuse program,” Turano said.

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