Given the stunning events here on the Coast this week one would naturally think that one of the recent posts on the Singing River disaster or the William Martin indictment would be the major site traffic generator this week here on Slabbed but that is not the case. Simply put when one media outlet leaves the rest eating dust on a topic, said media outlet gets massive amounts of site traffic even if the latest twist is not highlighted.
So what in the heck am I talking about? The sentencing of lusty lawyer gone wild Jennifer Gaubert earlier this week in New Orleans:
The Slabbed New Media posts on the topic actually went viral in Australia. Its nuts but once again the old adage sex sells bears itself out in spades. As for Gaubert, she indicated in published reports that her conviction will be appealed. As for Slabbed:
His parting comment, which I saw/heard in an unedited version of the video, changes what I thought happened here. Also, a comment on nola, from someone who seems to know, says the cab ride was 1.5 hours long. The cabbie also makes a comment about how he is going to get in trouble. Are they both in the wrong?
However, Gaubert’s attorneys say a new witness has come forward who can testify that Gaubert and the cab driver engaged in consensual sex prior to the recording. Defense attorneys say they have notified prosecutors that the new witness, a sheriff’s deputy, will cast doubt on Ferrell’s story, setting the stage for possible perjury.
The trial has started and Fox 8 has some coverage:
Since then I’ve been quietly following the related criminal cases against Gaubert as they wind their way through the criminal justice system but the bottom line is Ms. Gaubert is a woman with an itch to scratch, albeit one accompanied with a mean streak. I mention all this because late last week courthouse news posted the suit that Cabbie Hervey Farrell filed against Gaubert and the City of New Orleans and now we have a wonderful first hand description of the itch scratching methods applied by Gaubert.
Details are trickling in on the now infamous cell phone video shot by cabbie Hervey Farrell in the case of the cab ride gone bad. I am not at liberty to disclose any details but this post on a Facebook video of Jennifer Gaubert singing for free cab fare (video since deleted) is instructive. Stay tuned as I’m gonna do my level best to nab the Farrell video for everyone to see.
I myself have a bit of minor notoriety, and I also like alcohol. I’ve woken up with no shoes, no pants, and no memory of how I got home
Indeed most have worn the lampshade at one time or another but this case is not about date rape at all. In fact I hear the cabbie has his own version of events and a video to back up some of his claims. That appears to be lost in the zeal to try and convict the Cabbie in the media solely from the word of an “anonymous” accuser that by her own admission was sloppy drunk and evidently looking for some action with a stranger on the way home after a hard night of drinking.
Sorry folks, color me a skeptic but I do not buy into holding Cab Drivers to a higher standard than that of the legal profession. And thanks to a confluence of media outlets confusing a sloppy drunk looking for some action with a cab driver with a sex crime and extortion, site traffic here is likely to remain greatly elevated.
And of course in the local legal community it has to have a sex, drugs ‘n” rock and roll component:
According to the woman’s account, she had been out with friends celebrating at Galatoires earlier that evening and was intoxicated by the time she got into a cab on Bourbon Street. The cab driver began driving her home, during which time she admittedly flirted with him and kissed him, but said she never gave him permission to do what he did next.
At some point during the ride, Farrell pulled over, she said, took out his cellphone and began taping her. She said she was in no state to be aware of how exposed she was; in fact, she said, she was unaware that he was filming anything at all.
“I was confused, and I touched his arm and asked him what happened, why he had stopped kissing me,” she said. At that point, the woman said, Ferrell got visibly upset and exclaimed that he had not kissed her, and that he was a “loving and devoted boyfriend.”