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Getty Divorce Trial: Drugs In, Affairs Out

Los Angeles County Courthouse (photo: LAC Arts Commission)

Today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Division 22, Judge David Cunningham III–who has a really nice mustache and is super nice and warm and wants to make sure that First Amendment rights are protected–ruled that references to (Gordon) Peter Getty’s extra-marital affair(s) and his reading of sexually explicit e-mails from women he knows as related to his extra-marital affair(s) are inadmissible evidence. They really have no bearing on the domestic violence case before him and events leading up to Jacqui Getty’s broken arm or on the financial settlements in the pending divorce. (California is a no-fault divorce state.) Jacqui Getty seeks a divorce and a restraining order.

However the judge may allow, if foundations are laid, for the hole in Peter Getty’s septum to be discussed by his health care practitioner. The judge will allow personal observation in layperson terms about what was seen–for example, Peter’s bloody nose, white powder and tissues. And he may allow, if an appropriate foundation is laid, the introduction of Peter’s viewing of sexually explicit material online. Jacqui’s attorney makes the point that viewing such material and masturbating while locked in a room–as Jacqui claims Peter did–is one aspect of cocaine use, and indicates out-of-control behavior.

Jacqui Getty’s attorney has offered into evidence the photo of Peter with blood caked around his nose that we described. A ruling on that may come later.

Peter’s attorney is upset that the media have managed to report on Jacqui’s declarations and depositions, but the judge is firm that this will be an open hearing with full First Amendment rights. (TMZ is there–Hi Elizabeth! Cute shirt, btw.)

Before the judge came into the courtroom, Peter Getty appeared to be in a deep meditative state, his eyes closed and his head resting on his rather ugly pea-green striped necktie. He had way too much product in his hair, but he was well shaven. He had no one there supporting him, but his estranged wife had several girlfriends there–including Pamela Levy, co-founder/designer of Juicy Couture, and Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola, and the grandmother of Jacqui’s daughter. They were excluded from the court, along with Jacqui’s daughter Gia Coppola, because they may be called as witnesses.

Today will be a full trial day with opening statements and testimony from a Mr. Blumenthal. The trial will resume May 27 and 28.

We’ve got parts of the deposition up online in the sidebar, and I’ll be tweeting as is viable. The only Internet access is in the 9th floor cafeteria–and the food here is not very good.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.