Arrest Warrant Issued for Dr. Michael Brown

A family court judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for ex-hand surgeon Michael "Pass the Cocaine, Please" Brown, for failure to show up to a court hearing.

Judge Sheri Dean, who's been overseeing the bitter divorce proceedings between Michael and Rachel, issued the warrant. The warrant was issued by Master in Chancery Joseph Indelicato Jr., who's overseeing the discovery process, and not Judge Dean. It's not the first time Brown has failed to show; he missed a hearing in Dean's court a few months ago for what one of his 857 lawyers described as a surgical procedure Brown was undergoing in California.

We're trying to reach lawyers for both sides to find out what impact, if any, this will have on the divorce proceeding. We're guessing it won't have much -- we're glad to see a judge finally attempting to make Brown appear, but Brown has simply not shown up to numerous hearings in numerous courts, with no consequences. (We're not sure, and we hate to go out on a limb, but there's a slight possibility that Brown's vast wealth might have something to do with the fact that he can basically thumb his nose at judges.)

If anyone has any idea as to where he might be, let us know. We just want to make sure he's okay.

UPDATE: One of Brown's attorneys, Jeanne McDowell, just told us that Indelicato ordered Brown to appear at Tuesday's hearing after 4 p.m. on Monday. But Brown lives in Florida, so there was no way for him to make it. She said there are motions pending for Indelicato's recusal, as well as reconsideration on attorney's fees Brown is ordered to pay.

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