Celebrity attorneys attended the “Celebrity Behind Bars: When Celebrity Clients Are Charged With Crimes” event hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. At the event, the attorneys dished up the dirt on their famous “narcissistic” clients.
Attending the event were Los Angeles attorneys, Thomas Mesereau, Shawn Holley and Blair Berk, as well as the Hollywood Reporter. They have represented high profile clients like Michael Jackson, Lindsey Lohan and Ozzy Osbourne.
Thomas Mesereau said, “You’re basically dealing with a spoiled brat. You’re dealing with someone who is very narcissistic, egotistical and used to going through people, and it creates a real challenge.”
Mesereau was the attorney who successfully represented Michael Jackson at his 2005 child molestation trial. He went on to say that, “Usually these celebrities are surrounded by enablers, people who are intent and skilled at preserving their position, whatever it is.”
Lindsey Lohan’s former attorney, Shawn Holley was one of the featured attorneys. In addition to representing Lohan, Holley was one of O.J. Simpson’s original defense team during the murder trial of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Holley revealed that she doesn’t mind court cases that are full of cameras however, she did share one instance where a camera was an annoyance. The incident occurred during one of Lindsey Lohan’s 2010 cases.
Holley said, “What happened was Lindsey had ‘f**k you’ written on her nail. I sat next to her all day.”
“I didn’t see it, the judge didn’t see, the prosecutor didn’t see it. It was really impossible to see it.” However, the video camera captured the image resulting in Holley slamming the cameraman as “extremely irresponsible.”
Attorney Blair Berk represented Ozzy Osbourne when he was accused of writing lyrics that resulted in a teenager committing suicide in the 1980s.
Berk commented that who her client is doesn’t matter to her and that there is one thing she will not put up with. “I don’t do entourage.”
“This is a very scary time. I don’t care how famous you are or how minor the criminal defense. It’s a very scary situation when your liberty is at stake.”
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