The Osteen Trial: Finally, The Beatdown
It was not a good morning for Continental flight attendant Sharon Brown, in her quixotic quest to get a measly 10 percent of Victoria Osteen's net worth.
But that's the kind of thing to expect when you've filed an idiotic lawsuit against someone who hires Rusty Hardin as their attorney.
Brown was pretty much eviscerated on the stand today; as if that was not enough, her attorney continued to make the Osteens' case for them.
Brown hemmed and hawed and refused to say how much she was seeking and why she should get those damages ("I'll let the jury decide that" was her mantra).
She said she sued because of "public humiliation," but couldn't quite explain away how no one on Earth would know her name if she hadn't sued.
And, just to put a cherry on top of things, Hardin produced a medical report showing Brown had complained of her infamous Osteen-produced hemorrhoids a full five or six months before the incident. (Come to think of it, cherries and hemorrhoids: bad mix, visually. Sorry.)
Her attorney, Reginald McKamie, rested his case -- but not before calling to the stand a fellow first-class passenger from that fateful day. That passenger testified that there was no way an "assault" could have occurred as alleged, because she would have noticed it.
We can't help thinking that McKamie is practicing some amazing rope-a-dope strategy where his ineptness is revealed at the last moment to have been a cunning ploy. But we can't help thinking that only because there's no way he'd actually be doing such a bad job on purpose.
-- Craig Malisow and Richard Connelly
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- Crushed City: Astros Heartbreaking Game Four Loss to Royals Brings Back Bad Houston...
Sat., Oct. 24, 12:00am
Sat., Oct. 24, 11:00am
Sun., Oct. 25, 12:00am
Mon., Oct. 26, 12:00am
- KHOU and DISH Finally Reach Deal, End Blackout
- Crestmont Village Residents Will Finally Abandon Their Deplorable Apartments This Month