Bell Salary Scandal Figure Robert Rizzo Taken Out of Downtown L.A. Court by Paramedics

Robert Rizzo, the rotund figure at the center of the Bell salary scandal, was supposed to be in court Wednesday for a hearing on misappropriation of public funds charges against him.

Instead, he ended up in an ambulance.

The defendant, who reportedly made as much as $1.5 million in salary and other compensation as the small, Latino municipality's city manager, apparently complained of chest pains.

Paramedics were called to the downtown Criminal Courts Building around 12:15 p.m.

Now, if we were facing 53 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest, we'd feel a little tight-chested too.

But, Rizzo doesn't appear to be exactly in triathalon shape.

So godspeed, so he can be healthy enough to get back on the hot seat.

-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us. Follow us on Twitter, too: @dennisjromero.

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