Law360 reports that Donald Sterling didn’t have a whole lot of nice things to say about his wife’s attorney, Bert Fields, during a probate hearing yesterday. Fields is a well-known entertainment law attorney and has represented The Beatles, John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and on and on.
When Fields asked Sterling how the billionaire’s revocation of the Sterling Family Trust he shared with his wife would affect his bank loans, Sterling exploded.
“Tell me how that’s relevant if you’re not just being a smart-ass,” Sterling said. “What do my bank loans have to do with this weird lawyer? I’ve never met a lawyer like this before. What did you say your name was?”
At one point, Sterling said Fields made some kind of offer in the hallway, and asked Fields, “Are you trying to perpetrate a fraud on this court?”
Fields retorted that Sterling’s statements were untrue, and Judge Levanas tried to quiet the commotion, telling the parties that any potential settlement negotiations shouldn’t be aired in open court.
Fields then reminded Sterling that he was under oath. Sterling bristled and asked Fields if he was accusing him of something.
“Be a man, for God’s sake,” Sterling said. “Stand up and be a man.”