Former Miami restaurant owner and bon vivant Joshua Woodward pleaded no contest Friday to attempted murder for trying to induce a miscarriage of his former mistress’s fetus six years ago, according to the Los Angeles DA’s office.
Woodward, 43, is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 29 when he is expected to be sentenced to nine years in state prison.
Deputy District Attorneys Habib A. Balian of the Major Crimes Division and Marguerite Rizzo, Deputy-in-Charge of the Forensic Science Section, prosecuted the case.
According to the DA, Woodward, a Florida resident who once co-owned Table 8 restaurants in Los Angeles and South Beach and is married to former Ocean Drive editor Suzy Buckley, tried to induce the miscarriage on Oct. 18, 2009, by using misoprostol, a drug used in the medical community to induce labor and terminate early-stage pregnancies.
Evidence presented at a preliminary hearing showed that Woodward attempted to induce the miscarriage on three other occasions.