NEW UPDATE with Court Hearing -- Michael Brown: Booked into Harris County Jail, Where Maybe He Can Meet Some Folks Who Treat Him Like Family!

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Ex-hand surgeon Michael Brown has been booked into Harris County Jail for allegedly not paying child support.

Bond has been set for $500,000. We're not sure yet if this is for an alleged nonpayment for his kids from ex-wife Darlina (in Colorado) or his children in Houston. It's been a tough new year for Brown, what with federal charges of choking flight attendants, and a financial empire in peril. But, hey, at least the dude still has two yachts and a ton of swanky Miami real estate. So at least there's that. We'll have more as it comes in...

Update, March 5: Looking disheveled, tired and just generally crappy in his orange jail coveralls, Michael Brown took the stand today in Judge Sheri Dean's court to explain why he spent over $500,000 on luxury cars, in violation of an injunction in his divorce proceeding. He was grilled by attorney Robert Hoffman, as well as Hoffman's exquisite mustache, neither of whom gave any quarter during questioning about one of two recently purchased Ferraris, as well as a Bentley.

Brown evaded the questions with the typical "I don't recall," suggesting that one of his chief financial officers, Chuck Cave, could better answer the questions. That would be the same Chuck Cave who invoked his Fifth Amendment rights the last time he was on the stand in that courtroom. In fact, Brown's non-answers suggested that he had no clue where all of his money goes -- except when it comes to any offshore accounts. When Hoffman asked if Brown had any dough stashed away in Switzerland, the Caymans or elsewhere, Brown emphatically stated, "Absolutely not."

Judge Dean allowed Brown's associates to sign a surety bond so he wouldn't be required to spend another night in the pokey. It evidently did a number on him; during a break in the proceeding, he complained to one of his attorneys, "I haven't showered. I haven't brushed my teeth. I've had a baloney sandwich." Oh, the humanity!

He's expected back in court tomorrow.

(Our further coverage: Brown says he's been fleeced by women and that former Astro Jeff Bagwell is trying to take his children.)

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