Folks in today’s update of the trial in Judge Feldman’s courtroom Bull Durham was on the stand last week and me thinks the pressure is getting to Costner, who could not read his testimony from a script like he did before Congress back in 2010. Here are a few snippets from 2 AP stories filed on the topic the the first of which detailed Bull’s testimony from last Thursday:
Actor Kevin Costner says he was heartbroken as he watched millions of gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that he headed to New Orleans to see whether cleanup devices he helped develop could aid the recovery effort. Costner, who has been sued in a multimillion-dollar business dispute involving the devices, told jurors he was nervous. “My name is at stake,” he said.
Indeed it is as we’d all be disappointed if Bull is perceived as anything other than full of BS because that is all we saw back in 2010 when he showed up in this area like a fly on shit after the oil spill peddling useless centrifuge technology as a cure all for the Macondo well blowout. Bull has an interesting self concept of his contribution to combating the spill:
“I’m not just a celebrity,” Costner said during testimony. “I’m not just a person who opens doors.”
Indeed we were always under the impression that was Magnum’s role in this as he opened the doors to his St Chas Ave mansion for a variety of politicians after he signed his contract with BP but I digress as the Friday’s testimony indicated that Costner’s anus was twitching under the pressure of the media scrutiny of this civil dispute:
Costner said the company’s CEO, John Houghtaling, begged Baldwin and Contogouris not to sell their shares shortly before BP committed to buying the devices. Only Smith and Houghtaling were putting up money to keep their company afloat in the days before BP ordered the machines, according to Costner.Costner and Baldwin have largely ignored each other in the courtroom during the trial, which started Monday and is expected to last another week.
But Costner snapped at Baldwin from the witness stand as he recalled being frustrated by how the press portrayed his efforts to sell the centrifuges to BP while the oil giant was scrambling to stop the flow of oil from its blown-out well.”I had to get over the mythology of Kevin and his crazy machine,” Costner said, a remark that apparently drew a reaction from Baldwin, who was seated at the plaintiffs’ table with his back to the courtroom gallery.”Are you amused by this?” Costner asked Baldwin, who didn’t respond before U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman interrupted.
“If anything, this is going to stay civil,” the judge said.
Costner must not have heard that Judge Feldman runs his courtroom with an iron hand or he would not have lost his cool. I for one am loving every minute of this disaster as I am forming a mental picture of what happened with the gang back in 2010. From Patrick Smith’s testimony we learned the test of Costner’s machine performed for BP did not do well and that fact evidently caused some discomfort with the plaintiffs. Still it strongly appears Magnum and company did mislead Baldwin and I offer the following as proof:
June 10, 2010 – British Petroleum signed a letter of intent with Ocean Therapy Solutions to deploy thirty-two centrifuge machines to assist in the cleanup of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. BP agreed to use the technology after testing machines during the past week.
This quote came from a Youtube video posted by Magnum’s law firm:
Now let’s revisit Patrick Smith’s testimony:
Smith testified that the order from BP for centrifuges was still “conditional,” as of June 10. The next day, June 11, Contogorous effectively sold his shares in OTS in a document Grigsby drafted.
I don’t know where Smith conducts business but a letter of intent is far from conditional, especially when it is the people and the package that surround it that BP really valued. It appears nobody clued in Baldie to that fact.
Finally the has been some banter among the legal team as certain legal practitioners are predicting the outcome of this trial for kicks. The consensus is that Bull Durham will win because he is the more well known actor and the Baldwin boyz brand of politics does not play well down south. So along those lines the reader comments to the second AP story are priceless.
Stay tuned as more riveting testimony is in store as the battle between washed up actors continues.