Monday, September 17, 2007
Earlier I told you this "secret witness" of Gloria Allred's wouldn't testify, and he didn't. Both Britney's and Kevin's attorneys took a pass on cross examining him. The judge also had nothing to say.
Tony Barretto is the "secret witness" and a former bodyguard of Britney who got fired for allegedly not picking up one of Britney's hats.
According to the press release issued by Gloria Allred, Mr. Barretto was prepared to testify about, "issues of nudity by Ms. Spears, drug use, and safety issues involving the children."
Two things. The first is that if you have ever gone through a child custody battle, each side gets as many declarations as possible from friends and neighbors and relatives to show they are the better parent. It's rare if a judge looks at them, but it makes the parties feel like they are doing something.
There was no reason for Mr. Barretto to come to court today except to get some publicity for Ms. Allred. She says in her press release that she was "shocked that Britney's attorney didn't cross examine him. "
Why should she be shocked? If they want to cross examine him at some point they can call him during the hearing. They don't need to do it today and he probably won't be called by either side at the hearing also. Ms. Allred said that because no one questioned her client, then everything he said is "unrefuted and unchallenged" like that makes it true. If I said the Pope likes sleeping with four women a night and the Pope doesn't say anything, the statement is unrefuted and unchallenged but it doesn't make it true.
Second, the lawyer in me notices how Gloria specifically mentions Britney when she talks about nudity issues, BUT doesn't do so in regards to drug use or safety issues. I haven't seen the declaration but I'm guessing people around Britney are using drugs, but if Gloria had any proof that Britney was doing so, would have made that statement and not just made it look like it by crafty writing.