More on Michael Jackson Michael Jackson’s lead attorney was fined nearly $19,000 on Friday for calling another lawyer a “clown” and engaging in other unprofessional conduct while representing actor Robert Blake last year.
Thomas Mesereau, who was hired by Jackson in April to defend him against child molestation charges, was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to pay $18,950 to attorney Eric Dubin, who represents family members of Blake’s murdered wife.
The judge sanctioned Mesereau for his actions at Blake’s aborted Jan. 15, 2003 deposition in a wrongful death lawsuit by the family, where he repeatedly called Dubin a “clown” and the meeting a “clown show.”
Dubin said the money was intended to reimburse him for wasting his time and money in staging the deposition, which was called off and ultimately postponed until after Blake’s criminal trial for the May 4, 2001 murder of Bonny Lee Bakley.
Mesereau abruptly quit as Blake’s attorney in February after telling a judge that he and the “Baretta” star could no longer work together. The nature of their dispute was never made public.
Blake, who maintains his innocence in Bakley’s murder and is free on bail, is scheduled to stand trial beginning in September. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against him by Bakley’s four children.