Brando slapped with $1,000 fine for behavior in Blake trial

first_imgBURBANK – Christian Brando, held in contempt of court for his behavior during the Robert Blake civil trial, apologized profusely to a judge Friday, saying, “I have to watch my mouth.” He was fined $1,000. The son of the late actor Marlon Brando had been a key figure in the case surrounding the killing of Blake’s wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, and was called as a witness in the wrongful-death case brought against Blake by her family. Superior Court Judge David M. Schacter said jurors told him Brando mouthed words when he left the stand including “He did it” and an expletive. “This interfered with the processes of the court,” said Schacter. He ordered Brando to either defend himself or apologize. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Your honor,” Brando said, standing before the judge, “I deeply, deeply apologize for my conduct. This has been going on for five years. I had absolutely nothing to do with this. I meant no disrespect for your honor or the court. I have to watch my mouth.” Brando said when he testified he felt “overwhelmed.” “When I’m overwhelmed I lose it sometimes. I’m taking medication for that,” he said. He repeated that he had nothing to do with Bakley’s killing and said, “Mr. Blake’s been pointing the finger at me.” Blake’s lawyers had suggested Brando as a suspect in the 2001 slaying even though he was not arrested or charged. During his testimony last October in the civil case, Brando repeatedly declined to answer key questions to protect himself from possible self-incrimination. Bakley, who had a relationship with Brando before she took up with Blake, initially named her daughter, now 5, after Brando. Tests later revealed that Blake was the girl’s father. Blake, star of the “Baretta” TV show, was acquitted last year in criminal court of murdering Bakley. However, the civil court jury ruled 10-2 that Blake intentionally caused Bakley’s death, and awarded her children $30 million in damages. Civil trials do not require a unanimous verdict. Brando could have received a five-day jail sentence in addition to the fine. The judge asked Brando whether he understood that what he did was wrong and he replied, “Absolutely.” “The court accepts Mr. Brando’s apology but will impose a fine based on the jurors’ testimony,” Schacter said. He gave Brando 10 days to deliver $1,000 to the court. Outside court, Brando was asked how he feels about Blake now. “He’s going to be judged someplace else,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more