Attorney Says Suit Vs. Osteen's Wife 'Extortion'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - An attorney for the wife of renowned evangelical
pastor Joel Osteen has told a jury that a lawsuit accusing his
client of assaulting a flight attendant is nothing more than
extortion.
During opening statements Thursday in a civil trial, attorney
Rusty Hardin says Victoria Osteen never attacked Continental
Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown before the start of a 2005
flight from Houston to Vail, Colo.
Hardin says the lawsuit is simply a money grab by Brown.
But Brown's attorney, Reginald McKamie, tells jurors that
Victoria Osteen became enraged and attacked Brown when flight
attendants on the plane didn't immediately clean up a stain on her
first-class seat.
Brown wants an apology and punitive damages amounting to 10
percent of Victoria Osteen's net worth as part of her suit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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