Flight attendant’s lawyer wants to take pictures of plane’s interior in assault case
The attorney for a flight attendant whose lawsuit accuses the wife of Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen of assault wants to photograph the inside of the plane where the incident occurred.
The lawsuit, filed in September, accuses Victoria Osteen of pushing Sharon Brown, a Continental Airlines flight attendant, and elbowing her in the chest.
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Brown says the confrontation occurred as Osteen approached the cockpit and demanded to speak with someone in charge.
Victoria Osteen denies the allegations, said her attorney, Rusty Hardin. “Victoria never assaulted her or raised her voice,” said Hardin, who previously has called the lawsuit a “ridiculous” attempt to get money from a woman whose husband is the pastor of Houston’s largest church.
Brown’s attorney, Reginald McKamie Sr., wants to photograph the plane’s interior to understand the facts of the incident, according to the motion he filed recently. He said the photos would help jurors understand what other passengers saw during the incident.
State District Judge Patricia Hancock is scheduled Friday to consider the request, which Hardin said he does not oppose.
The Osteens were on board Continental Airlines Flight 1602 at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, bound for Vail, Colo., on Dec. 19, 2005.