A left-wing documentary movie producer who has worked for HBO is being questioned by the NYPD in relation to the death of Long Island dermatologist Kiersten Cerveny, 38. The movie exec, 51-year-old Marc Henry Johnson, has not been charged with a crime.
On the night of Saturday October 3, Kiersten Cerveny was found dead outside of an apartment building on West 16th Street in Manhattan’s swanky Chelsea neighborhood.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Johnson Called 911 After Doing Cocaine With Cerveny, According to Reports
The New York Daily News revealed that Johnson was being questioned by the NYPD. They say that Johnson was seen on CCTV dragging Cerveny and calling 911 after she “turned blue.” He allegedly told cops that he tried to give her mouth-to-mouth before asking for a lawyer. Johnson then left the seen before officers arrived, according to the Daily News.
The newspaper had earlier reported that Cerveny had been out drinking heavily in the Lower East Side.
Police investigating the crime are also looking for another man who was partying with Cerveny, named as 60-year-old James (Pepsi) Holder. He lives in the building where Cerveny was found dead, at 223 West 16th Street. NBC New York reports that investigators originally believed that Cerveny had been strangled but they have now “backed off that assessment” and are waiting for an autopsy to be completed.
2. Johnson Was Nominated for an Emmy for His Work on Michael Moore’s TV Show
According to his IMDB page, Johnson has worked on Michael Moore’s short-lived TV series The Awful Truth as well as Soundtrack for a Revolution and A Huey P. Newton Story. On the fiction side, he worked Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated Do the Right Thing in the props department. His production company is named MHJProductions. On their website it reads that:
MHJ Productions is founded and presided by Marc Henry Johnson who has produced or executive produced television and films for Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Mario Van Peebles, and Danny Glover.
Marc has won awards ranging from a Peabody to Dramatic Jury Prize at Sundance.
His works have been broadcast on PBS, Starz, Logo, Channel 4, TBS, Trinidad Tobago Television, The South African Broadcast Corporation, and The Sundance Channel.
MHJ Productions has a proud history of successfully producing feature films, documentaries, and television episodes. For more information, please examine each section.
According to his LinkedIn page, Johnson was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Awful Truth.
3. He’s Friends With Cerveny on Facebook
The police have not made it clear what they the believe the relationship between Johnson and the married Cerveny. The two however were friends on Facebook.
4. Cerveny Was Married With Kids
According to her Facebook page, Cerveny was married with two kids. Her husband is fellow dermatologist Andrew Cerveny. The couple had two children together and were married in 2009. She was a native of the Washington Township in New Jersey and lived with her family in Manhasset, New York.
5. Johnson Is Married to a High-Flying Wall Street Lawyer
On his Facebook page, Marc Henry Johnson says he’s married and is a native of Baltimore as well as being a graduate of Cornell University. He lists on of his own quotes as his favorite, saying “When all else fails, go learn something.” Johnson’s wife is high-flying lawyer Marlisa Vinciguerra. According to her LinkedIn page, she’s the general counsel at Scout Trading, having previously worked for the Lehman Brothers. She’s a Yale graduate and is on the board of the Jazz Foundation of America.