LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on a case that will determine the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone. (all times local):
Attorneys say Sumner Redstone has given sworn testimony in a mental competency case that is scheduled to begin trial on Friday.
Attorneys for Redstone and a former girlfriend told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan that the testimony was given Thursday morning. They did not elaborate, other than to say it went smoothly.
Cowan ruled on Monday that he needed to hear from Redstone. He ordered that Redstone give 30 minutes of videotaped sworn testimony at his home.
The video will be played in closed session shortly after the trial begins on Friday morning.
Redstone’s ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer contends Redstone is mentally incapacitated and has been unable to make informed decisions since October, when he ordered her kicked out of his mansion.
Sumner Redstone’s attorneys say the ailing media mogul paid two of his ex-girlfriends $150 million over a five-year period before kicking them out of his life.
The sums were paid to Redstone’s ex-girlfriend Sydney Holland and Manuela Herzer, who is asking a Los Angeles judge to rule Redstone was mentally incapacitated when he kicker her out of his home in October.
Both women may testify in a mental competency trial that is scheduled to begin Friday in Los Angeles.
Herzer’s attorney Pierce O’Donnell has said his client is not motivated by money, but is concerned about the 92-year-old Redstone’s wellbeing.
Redstone’s lawyers say Herzer lied to their client, who wants her out of his life.
Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. through his company, National Amusements.