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War Over Sumner Redstone: How His Ex's Lawsuit Sets Up a Trust Battle

December 2, 2015Article
The Hollywood Reporter

When Sumner Redstone's former companion Manuela Herzer marched into Los Angeles Superior Court on Thanksgiving eve with a lawsuit detailing his allegedly floundering mental state, representatives for the Viacom and CBS Corp. executive chairman quickly fired back that the gambit amounted to nothing more than a "preposterous" money grab from a jilted lover.

On Nov. 30, after hearing from Herzer's lawyers Bert Fields and Pierce O'Donnell (who repped Shelly Sterling in her successful effort to have L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling declared incompetent) how Redstone is confused, cries, demands sex and steak daily and is emotionally distraught when told by doctors that he can't indulge his "prurient urges," Judge Klein rejected Herzer's demand for an expedited schedule, determining there was "no urgency" since Redstone has full-time care with no indication of critical health issues.

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