This time not mine. This time, Aaron Spelling’s, producer and actor, shaping up for lawsuits including defamation by probably a penniless nurse.
I want to give him some advice.
No, not legal advice, I’m not an attorney, but advice he might want to pass on to his attorney. I’m quite sure he is not a pro per prospect, because he’s rich. Verrrry rich.
I read today in the Los Angeles Times, my homey newspaper (yeah, sure!) that they have filed a motion that his what they are about to call “seamy” private life be made public because they have 1st Amendment rights, and he’s a public figure.
We read that he had a nurse who signed a confidentiality agreement, and breached it by talking to the tabloids about his and his family’s private life, and he’s suing her for the breach, and also for defamation. Of course, now the low-lifes are baying at the window, and I mean her old boyfriend, and the lawyers, and the flacks and the newshounds formerly known as journalists.
So she is counter-suing him for “sexual harassment”, and her female attorney has gone so far as to circulate a letter entitled “Survey on Sexual Harassment by Aaron Spelling” to hundreds of actresses with whom he has worked on his acclaimed television productions of Dynasty, Melrose Place, Charlie’s Angels, Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Stirring it up letters of intimidation to actresses like Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Teri Hatcher and Cheryl Ladd.
Picture him lying in bed making remarks she alleges he made, like “Give me my Viagra, let’s have sex!”, and “Dress like a hooker!”
He’s 82, she’s 56.
She, and he, should be so lucky. They should both curb their enthusiasm, and leave it to Larry David. Nursey just doesn’t understand Jewish humor.
Aaron, stop it. Stop it right there. Because what’s going to happen will outlive you, and your outstanding legacy will become fouled. Learn from me!
And next time, make sure your Confidentiality Agreement contains a “Confession of Judgment” clause.
And be thankful you are not faced with a judge planning on “retirement” (aka going the Celebrity Private Judge route.)
Your judge Highberger, quite sensibly, encourages settlement by April 12 “if anyone is rational.” He should order it.
Later
Well, Settlement orders came from above, and there will be no “Next Time”.
Aaron Spelling died June 23, 2006. May he now Rest In Peace.