Lisa Kudrow New Trial

June 5, 2014 by  

Lisa Kudrow New Trial, Just hours after Friends star Lisa Kudrow was ordered to pay $1.6 million to her former manager Scott Howard after a trial last February, the jury foreman Steve de Bode got on a red-eye flight to Atlanta. A former aircraftman in the British Royal Air Force, de Bode moved to the United States in 2009 and became an American citizen nine months before the trial started.

At the time, he was honored to be participating in the judicial system of his adopted home country. But as he sat on the flight, de Bode’s sense of happiness turned to despair. So on that flight, he wrote Kudrow’s lawyer a letter.

“Having now had some time to fully interpret the discussion within the jury room, I have come to realize that the majority of the jurors believed the Plaintiff’s council, who in his opening statement portrayed Lisa Kudrow as ‘the smartest person in the room’ and then over the course of the trial proceeded to demean and ‘play up’ her Phoebe Buffay role throughout,” he wrote.

De Bode continued with word that he was troubled by the “unwarranted, untrue and for lack of a better word, viscous [sic] attack of Lisa Kudrow’s character” during closing arguments, a moment he remembers looking over at the actress and “feeling her despair for myself.

“I personally hold her in the highest regard for her bravery, honesty and determination in facing public scrutiny and media attention for what is and should have remained a private matter, in order to fight for what she, and now I, believe was right,” the letter continued. “Please pass on my personal apology for the verdict to Lisa Kudrow and let her know that I firmly believe the majority decision was not correct.”

Anyone who has seen 12 Angry Men knows that when jurors start deliberating after closing arguments, anything can happen. Minds are swayed, and the delivered verdict is not always what’s expected to happen. But TV cameras are now allowed in courtrooms, and some individuals feel closer than ever to celebrities. This story is a postmodern twist on 12 Angry Men: What happens when the parties in the dispute begin trying to recount and interpret what happened in the jury room?

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