Frank Report has been investigating the curious case of Smallville writer Philip Levens and his former wife, convicted felon, Kassandra Levens.
Frank Report has published three articles to date:
In 2013, Kassandra was convicted of soliciting a thug named Gary Mazel to do serious bodily harm to her then-husband Philip Levens, a successful Hollywood screenwriter. Kassandra was a former model in France – and, at the time of the incidents, was a stay-at-home mother with two children, a girl and a boy, and they were all living with Philip in the Los Angeles area.
Case Seemed Cut and Dried
Until I started peeling back layers.
For one thing, some important evidence seems to have been excluded from Kassandra’s trial – evidence which suggests that Mazel was hired by Philip to get Kassandra to solicit Mazel to ‘pretend’ to harm Philip.
In other words, it might have been Philip’s entrapment scheme. [He was never injured by Mazel.]
If this is true, instead of the official stor y– that Kassandra, out of the blue, solicited Mazel to put a hit on Philip, evidence suggests that Philip paid Mazel to try to “solicit” Kassandra into soliciting him into hurting Philip.
In other words, Mazel and Philip conspired to get Kassandra arrested by an entrapment scheme.
This occurred at a time when Kassandra was in hiding or living in a domestic abuse shelter and alleging that she fled with the children to escape Philip’s beatings. It appears Kassandra was also threatening to lodge a child sex abuse charge against Philip for the abuse of their daughter which might have led to his arrest.
Kassandra may have been making this all up. Regardless of whether it was an entrapment scheme or not, if she solicited or even agreed to Mazel’s suggestion that he hurt Philip, she is guilty as convicted.
However, the case becomes fuzzy when one considers how unreliable Mazel is as a witness.
He got immunity for his testimony in the trial. Even more concerning was that Mazel seems to have gotten a sweetheart plea deal [after Kassandra was arrested] when evidently Mazel threatened Philip’s life, it appears, because Philip would not pay him enough money for [his perjured?] testimony against Kassandra.
Kassandra may be the victim of a man with strong connections in the Los Angeles law enforcement scene.
More suspicion arose for me when I learned that the police detective, Barry Tellis, the man that handled the case, is evidently a good enough friend of Philip to have been invited to Philip’s recent wedding to actress Carolyn Stotesbery.
Also suspicious is that Philip’s attorney, Marci Levine, has a brother, Darren, in the Los Angeles DA’s office who apparently supervised the case against Kassandra.
At trial, Kassandra was found guilty of soliciting Mazel to do serious bodily harm to Philip and was imprisoned for 13 months. She lost custody of her children and has not seen them in five years. The children are both under age 13.
Kassandra is permitted by court order to view them via Skype three times a week for 10 minutes [for a total of a half-hour per week].
What is most troubling is that critical evidence that shows Philip and Mazel conspired to entrap Kassandra and points to Mazel’s violent, and dishonest character, was never shown to the jury.
Is Philip Levens a Victim of Ruthless Women?
Now for the latest update:
One of the evidences in my investigation that seemed to support Philip being a repeated woman beater is an arrest report dating back to 1998, long before Philip met Kassandra.
Philip was arrested for allegedly beating a woman he lived with named Urzula Modica.
New information, which came to me from Philips attorney, reveals that Modica may have made up the story of Levens beating her.
This does not necessarily mean that Levens did not beat up Kassandra, but it tends to exonerate him on the Modica arrest at least.
The complete arrest report, provided by Philip’s lawyer, suggests that Modica set up Philip and got him arrested. She then quickly recanted.
Sixteen years later, a judge ordered Philip’s arrest sealed.
Apropos of this apparent false arrest of Philip Levens, his attorney, Gerald M. Cobb, of Encino California, wrote to me as follows:
Dear Mr. Parlato:
I represent the interests of Philip Levens with respect to three (3) recent articles which you posted relating to him, his former convicted felon wife Kassandra, and their children. Since you regard yourself as an investigative journalist who claims to be interested first and foremost in actual facts and truth, I wanted to share with you some information that I would guess you were not previously made aware of.
I would assume you would welcome the receipt of these facts, which concern the matter of Mr. Levens arrest on January 25, 1998 for domestic violence relating to one Urszula Modica, whom you referred to as his (Levens) “wife”.
The face page of the L.A.P.D. arrest report, which is the only document provided when one clicks on the links that appeared in your stories of August 1 and 3, 2019, is probably all that you were given by Mark Overland or his client Kassandra. You initially wrote “As further evidence of Philip [sic] propensity to beat his wives, here is a police report of his beating his previous wife before Kassandra.”
Two days later on August 3, 2019, you referenced the same incident, writing ” … he was arrested once for allegedly beating one wife, _Urzula [sic] ………………… “
Thus, the report is not “further evidence” of anything.
Although your subsequent reference to this incident is couched in terms of an arrest for “allegedly” beating one wife, when viewed in light of the foregoing Order, it is still very misleading, even if unintentionally so on your part.
The Order bears no case number because no case was ever filed in the first place; however, it clearly refers to Mr. Levens’ arrest of January 25, 1998. You are thus on notice that a judicial determination has been made that Mr. Levens was factually innocent of the charge for which he was arrested over twenty-one years ago.
Whether or not Mr. Overland or his client are aware of said Order is unknown to me. If, in fact, Overland did know of it, you can consider his concealment of that fact from you for what it is worth in any dealings with him going forward. But you are now aware of it, and I encourage you to conform your writings to the reality of the aforementioned order.
I trust a man of your journalistic integrity will do the right thing after considering this information. The slippery slope of libel is something I am confident you will make every effort to steer clear of.
I appreciate Cobb’s intelligent letter and, for the record, Philip Levens was arrested in 1998 for allegedly beating his girlfriend, and that she recanted and told police she lied about him beating her up.
In 2014, Philip got an order to seal his arrest based on a judge’s ruling that Philip was “factually innocent of the charges for which he was arrested.”
At least one woman who said Philip beat her up changed her tune and told police she lied after he was arrested. That woman is Urzula Modica.
We now know Modica is a liar. It is also known that women sometimes recant allegations of abuse even when they are true when they calm down and realize what the arrest and prosecution of their boyfriend or spouse will mean.
Evidently, Modica first told police that Philip hit her – and then, after he was arrested, she said she lied and that he did not hit her.
Who knows what the truth is with a liar like Modica?
She either lied when she told police he hit her, or she lied about him not hitting her. We will not likely ever learn the truth.
But if she did lie, and Philip did not hit her in 1998, then she is the one who should have been arrested. She has unfairly marred Philip’s record – even if it was later sealed.
Does this mean it is also true that Kassandra, Philip’s former wife and mother of his children, also lied about Philip beating her? Did Kassandra lie about not soliciting Gary Mazel to harm Philip?
Or did Mazel lie?
Did an innocent woman go to prison and is now deprived of seeing and helping raise her children?
Is Philip the monster or a victim?
Or is he just a man with bad judgment when it comes to selecting women?
I don’t know the truth here. But with a little luck, we will find out.