Monday, July 5, 2010



 

NOTARO v. SPITZBERG
MATHILDE NOTARO, Plaintiff and Respondent,
v.
ALISA SPITZBERG, Defendant and Appellant.
B209220
Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, Division One
November 19, 2009
Alisa Spitzberg, in pro. per.; Lieber Williams & Labine and Howard L. Williams for Defendant and Appellant.
Lavely & Singer and Allison Hart Sievers for Plaintiff and Respondent.

Not to be Published in the Official Reports

MALLANO, P. J.
Defendant Alisa Spitzberg appeals from a three-year restraining order under Code of Civil Procedure section 527.6, enjoining her from harassing plaintiff Mathilde Notaro and three friends who lived with Notaro.[ 1 ] Because substantial evidence supports the restraining order and Spitzberg fails to support her claims of improper conduct, error, and abuse of discretion, we affirm the order.

BACKGROUND

Both Notaro and Spitzberg are performers at comedy clubs. On May 5, 2008, Notaro filed a petition for a restraining order to stop harassment by Spitzberg. The petition, supported by Notaro's declaration, sought protection for Notaro and three friends who lived with her. On May 5, 2008, the trial court issued a temporary restraining order against Spitzberg and an order to show cause setting the matter for a hearing on May 28, 2008. Spitzberg filed an answer on May 27, 2008. Her answer responded in detail to the allegations of the petition. The petition and answer provided the following information:
Spitzberg and Stephanie Willen had a three-month relationship, which ended in May 2007. In August 2007, Notaro and Willen were in a café having coffee when Spitzberg approached their table and began to yell insults at them, "including `fucking dyke,' `ugly,' `cunt,' and `bitch.'" They ignored Spitzberg, who followed them outside, became more belligerent, and "shoved/pushed" Notaro. Spitzberg denied pushing Notaro.
On the evening of April 7, 2008, after Notaro performed at Largo, Spitzberg approached her and asked Notaro if she remembered her. Notaro said that she remembered meeting her and that Spitzberg had been aggressive and had pushed her. Notaro then said she did not want to talk to Spitzberg and told Spitzberg to leave her alone. Spitzberg became enraged. Notaro was fearful that the situation would escalate and had Michael Griffee, the doorman at Largo, escort Spitzberg out of the club.
According to Spitzberg, when Notaro accused Spitzberg of pushing her, Spitzberg was sure that she had misunderstood and approached Notaro and asked gently if she said that Spitzberg had pushed her. Notaro then ran to Griffee and accused Spitzberg of being aggressive. Griffee looked confused but told Spitzberg that if Notaro wanted her out of the club, Spitzberg had to leave. Spitzberg left "without a peep."
The next day, Notaro received an e-mail from Spitzberg, stating, "`I will do everything in my sustainable power to get even with you.'" Notaro was disturbed not only by the content, but because Spitzberg had obtained her e-mail address. After the e-mail, Notaro blocked Spitzberg's address from her e-mail account. Over the next several days, Notaro's Wikipedia and YouTube pages had been vandalized to include a string of personal attacks and insults. Notaro contacted the webmasters to delete the content and to lock the pages from further comments. Spitzberg denied making any threats of violence but admitted that she "created some wikipedia entries that mocked the plaintiff. She had upset me and my family for no discernible reason and I wanted . . . some relief."
Notaro performed again at Largo on April 12, 2008. When Notaro was standing outside the club talking to the owner, she saw Spitzberg and her sister running toward her. Notaro ran inside before they could make physical contact with her. The owner did not let Spitzberg inside the club and called the police. Spitzberg and her sister went to the club's back door, where they verbally abused the owner and the doorman and yelled, "`We're going to get that fucking dyke.'" Spitzberg left the club before the police officers arrived. According to Spitzberg, Largo's owner and another man at the back door were abusive to her and her sister, and they returned their insults. Spitzberg denied screaming or using obscenities.
On April 29, 2008, Notaro was driving to perform a show at the Hollywood Improv club when the promoter called her to inform her that Spitzberg had been removed from the club. When Notaro arrived, she saw Spitzberg outside the club, talking to people. Notaro entered the club through a side door. The security guard for the Improv club, Brian Whitaker, told Notaro that Spitzberg said that she knew where Notaro lived, the color and make of Notaro's car, and the car's license plate number. Spitzberg, her mother, and her sister remained outside the front of the club and verbally attacked other performers, patrons, and security guards for over two hours. Notaro attempted to leave the club, but because she felt unsafe, she remained in the club. The police were called, but they were unable to take any action because Notaro's life had not been directly threatened. After the Spitzbergs left, Notaro went home.
Spitzberg denied stalking Notaro but admitted that she went to Notaro's performances on two occasions because Spitzberg felt that her career and reputation were threatened by being banned from comedy clubs and she wanted to try to resolve the situation with Notaro. On April 29, 2008, Spitzberg was shocked to learn that her name was on a list of people that were not allowed entry to the Improv club. Spitzberg claimed that she was never asked to leave the club on April 29 because she was never allowed inside. Spitzberg denied ever feeling or expressing hostility to Notaro.
At the May 28, 2008 hearing, Notaro and Spitzberg appeared in propria persona. Notaro, Griffee, Whitaker, Willen, and Kevin Seccia, a comedian at Largo on April 12, 2008, testified for Notaro. According to Griffee, Spitzberg verbally harassed him on April 12, 2008, and also said, "`That bitch can't get me thrown out of here.'" According to Seccia, on the evening of April 12, Notaro was nervous, upset, and "freaked out" about performing. Spitzberg said to Seccia, "`We're going to get her,' and `You tell her it isn't over. Any time she goes out the house, any time she performs, I'm going to be on her. I'm going to show up. This is now my job.'"
In response to questions by the judge, Spitzberg testified extensively about the incidents in August 2007 and April 2008. Spitzberg also said that she did not know Notaro but knew of her. Spitzberg admitted that she visited Notaro's MySpace page but denied stalking Notaro. After Spitzberg's testimony, the judge said to Spitzberg, "You have got a couple of minutes if you want to call witnesses . . . ." Spitzberg responded, "Yes, my mother." Spitzberg's mother testified with respect to the April 29, 2008 incident. The judge then stated that he was going to make some orders. Spitzberg interrupted to state, "Your Honor, I need a continuance. I have so many witnesses." The judge responded, "That's fine," and then proceeded to make his ruling, granting the restraining order preventing Spitzberg from harassing Notaro and three friends who lived with her for three years.
Spitzberg appeals from the order, challenging the fairness of the hearing and the sufficiency of the evidence.

DISCUSSION

"`Section 527.6 is intended "to protect the individual's right to pursue safety, happiness and privacy as guaranteed by the California Constitution."' [Citations.] The statute `"`establish[es] an expedited procedure for enjoining acts of "harassment" as defined.'"' [Citation.]" (Huntingdon Life Sciences, Inc. v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA, Inc. (2005) 129 Cal.App.4th 1228, 1250.)
Spitzberg contends that the judge did not afford her a fair hearing based on the assertions that the trial judge was biased, mocked her and her witness (her mother), asked them "argumentative and irrelevant" questions, gave preferential treatment to Notaro, failed to read her answer, failed to pay attention at the hearing, excluded a defense witness, coached Notaro and her witnesses to remember previous testimony, and excluded police reports. She also asserts that "strong evidence" suggests that "illegal ex parte contact took place" between the judge and Notaro's attorney. (Notaro listed the name of her attorney on the petition, but no attorney appeared on Notaro's behalf at the hearing.)
There is no evidence in the record showing the trial judge engaged in any of the foregoing conduct. The record shows no bias or preferential treatment of either side by the trial judge. The trial judge's questions explored the incidents mentioned in the petition and the answer, and in doing so, the trial judge showed no disrespect to any witnesses. No exhibits were sought to be admitted into evidence by either party and thus there was no ruling excluding any evidence. And there is no evidence, or even any inference, of ex parte contacts or communications between the judge and Notaro's attorney.
Citing Ross v. Figueroa (2006) 139 Cal.App.4th 856 (Ross), Spitzberg contends that she was entitled to a continuance and that the hearing was unfair. Ross affords no support for Spitzberg's contentions. Ross was a domestic violence case in which the court held that because the temporary restraining order was issued without notice to the defendant, he was entitled as a matter of right to a continuance under Family Code section 243, subdivision (e) when he first appeared at the hearing on the petition for a permanent restraining order and requested a continuance at the outset of the hearing.[ 2 ] (Ross, at pp. 864-865.) In Ross, the trial court not only denied the defendant's request for a continuance made at the outset of the hearing but proceeded to grant the permanent restraining order based only on the form request for the temporary protective order and attached documents. The trial court took no oral testimony from the plaintiff or the defendant, and denied the defendant's request to submit evidence of his own. (Id. at p. 860.)
The circumstances in the instant case are entirely different than in Ross. Here, both sides had submitted written declarations before the hearing. At the hearing, the trial court heard extensive testimony from plaintiff, defendant, and their witnesses. Spitzberg thus had ample opportunity to challenge the allegations in the petition and to present her version of the events at issue. And it was only after the trial court announced that he was ready to make a ruling that Spitzberg requested a continuance. Spitzberg's opening brief states that she "realized that she should have requested the continuance at the start but she could not have anticipated that the need for a continuance would be so very necessary to a fair hearing." Spitzberg fails to cite any pertinent authority to support the proposition that the denial of her belated request for a continuance constituted an abuse of discretion.
Finally, we conclude that Spitzberg fails to show that the evidence was insufficient to support the restraining order under section 527.6.
"In assessing whether substantial evidence supports the requisite elements of willful harassment, as defined in section 527.6, we review the evidence before the trial court in accordance with the customary rules of appellate review. We resolve all factual conflicts and questions of credibility in favor of the prevailing party and indulge in all legitimate and reasonable inferences to uphold the finding of the trial court if it is supported by substantial evidence which is reasonable, credible and of solid value." (Schild v. Rubin (1991) 232 Cal.App.3d 755, 762.)
A person who has suffered harassment as defined in section 527.6, subdivision (b) is entitled to a restraining order. Harassment is defined in section 527.6, subdivision (b) (see fn. 1, ante), as (1) unlawful violence, or a credible threat of violence, or a knowing and willful course of conduct, (2) directed at a specific person, (3) that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and (4) that serves no legitimate purpose.
"Unlawful violence" means "any assault or battery, or stalking as prohibited in Section 646.9 of the Penal Code . . . ."[ 3 ] (§ 527.6, subd. (b)(1).) A "credible threat of violence" means "a knowing and willful statement or course of conduct that would place a reasonable person in fear for his or her safety . . . and that serves no legitimate purpose." (§ 527.6, subd. (b)(2).) "Course of conduct" means "a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose, including following or stalking an individual, making harassing telephone calls to an individual, or sending harassing correspondence to an individual by any means, including, but not limited to, the use of public or private mails . . . or computer e-mail. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of `course of conduct.'" (§ 527.6, subd. (b)(3).) The course of conduct also must be such "as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and must actually cause substantial emotional distress to the plaintiff." (§ 527.6, subd. (b).)
The testimony of Notaro and others shows that Notaro was not only physically assaulted by Spitzberg on one occasion in August 2007, but that Notaro received at least two credible threats of violence from Spitzberg in April 2008. Spitzberg said to Seccia that she was "`going to get'" Notaro and that any time Notaro left her home or performed, Spitzberg was "`going to be on her.'" On April 29, 2008, Spitzberg told Whitaker that she knew the license plate number, make, and color of Notaro's car, and where Notaro lived. From this evidence, the trial court reasonably could have inferred that Spitzberg was following Notaro in order to harass and intimidate her and that such conduct constituted stalking. Spitzberg also engaged in a series of acts of harassment by making personal attacks, insults, and threats by way of e-mail.
On April 12, 2008, Seccia observed Notaro to be upset, nervous, and "freaked out" because of Spitzberg's conduct. On April 29, 2008, Notaro was afraid to leave the comedy club because Spitzberg was outside the door. The trial court reasonably could have inferred that Spitzberg's conduct was willful and malicious, seriously alarmed and annoyed Notaro, caused Notaro substantial emotional distress, served no legitimate purpose, and was not constitutionally protected.
Spitzberg's briefs are primarily devoted to questioning the trial court's credibility determinations. She urges us to reweigh the evidence and make different credibility determinations and inferences. This we cannot do under the appropriate standard of review. As Spitzberg fails to cite any applicable authority to support her arguments, her challenges to the sufficiency of the evidence are unavailing.

DISPOSITION

The order is affirmed. Respondent Mathilde Notaro is entitled to costs on appeal.
We concur:
ROTHSCHILD, J.
JOHNSON, J.
1. Code of Civil Procedure section 527.6 (section 527.6) provides in pertinent part: "(a) A person who has suffered harassment as defined in subdivision (b) may seek a temporary restraining order and an injunction prohibiting harassment as provided in this section." Subdivision (b) of section 527.6 provides in pertinent part: "For the purposes of this section, `harassment' is unlawful violence, a credible threat of violence, or a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose. The course of conduct must be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and must actually cause substantial emotional distress to the plaintiff."
2. Family Code section 243 provides in pertinent part: "(b) If an order described in Section 240 has been issued without notice pending the hearing, the applicant must have served on the respondent, at least five days before the hearing, a copy of each of the following: [¶] . . . [¶] (e) If service is made under subdivision (b), the respondent is entitled, as of course, to one continuance for a reasonable period, to respond to the application for the order."
3. Penal Code section 646.9, subdivision (a) provides in pertinent part that "[a]ny person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety . . . is guilty of the crime of stalking . . . ."

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  It is important to note what kinds of cases are handled by this Threat Management Unit of Los Angeles.
IIt is important to note that the Detectives John Gregozek and James Hoffman told me they doubted that Mathilde "Tig" Notaro would show up as it was "nothing." It is  important to note that I was told by these detectives to write up a reply and I did. Here it is .  It has never been acknowledge and was missign from the discovery in the criminal fraud that resulted from this order. 


It is important to note that this reply was never mentioned. It is important to note that Notaro did the one clever thing she has done so far. She put this up. I saw it because as you can see in the reply I filed on May 27th 2008 I didn't know anything about this person and was finding out new things. It's important to note that the supposed datalounge forums have never been produced despite repeated attemps. It is important to know that no police reports were filed in this case despite the fact that they existed. It is important to note that Gregozek and Hoffman were not there and that they were in possession of e-mails and evidence that contradicted everything said here.



Insert Myspace what she'd be doing on Mary 28th 2008 and the back page where her witnesses were supposed to be.



     1        WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2008 SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA

           2                            8:30 A.M.

           3

           4             THE COURT:  NOTARO VERSUS SPITZBERG.

           5             ARE YOU MS. NOTARO, MA'AM?

           6             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

           7             THE COURT:  IS SPITZBERG HERE?

           8             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES.

           9             MS. NOTARO:  I HAVE A DOCUMENT FOR YOU AND FOR

          10   THE DEFENDANT.

          11             THE COURT:  WELL, WHY DON'T YOU HOLD THEM FOR A

          12   MINUTE, ALL RIGHT.  HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

          13             WOULD YOU BOTH PLEASE RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND.

          14             THE CLERK:  DO YOU SOLEMNLY STATE THAT THE

          15   TESTIMONY WHICH YOU ARE ABOUT TO GIVE IN THE CAUSE NOW


          16   PENDING BEFORE THIS COURT SHALL BE THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE

          17   TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH SO HELP YOU GOD?

          18             MS. SPITZBERG:  SO HELP ME GOD.

          19             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

          20             THE CLERK:  PLEASE STATE YOUR FULL NAME AND SPELL

          21   IT FOR THE RECORD.

          22             MS. SPITZBERG:  ALISA SPITZBERG.

          23             THE COURT:  SPELL IT.

          24             MS. SPITZBERG:  S-P-I-T-Z-B-E-R-G.

          25             THE COURT:  OKAY.  YOUR NAME IS MATHILDE NOTARO.

          26             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

          27             THE COURT:  M-A-T-H-I-L-D-E?

          28             MS. NOTARO:  YES.


                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296

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           1             THE COURT:  AND NOTARO IS N-O-T-A-R-O?

           2             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

           3             THE COURT:  HOW DO YOU KNOW MS. SPITZBERG?

           4             MS. NOTARO:  I DIDN'T.  I'VE ONLY GOTTEN TO KNOW

           5   HER THROUGH HER HARASSING ME.  SHE HAD A BRIEF ROMANTIC

           6   INVOLVEMENT WITH A WOMAN THAT I DATED.

           7             THE COURT:  ALL RIGHT.

           8             MS. NOTARO:  SO I'VE ONLY KNOWN HER ONLY FROM HER

           9   SHOWING UP TO --

          10             THE COURT:  TO SEE THIS OTHER PERSON?

          11             MS. NOTARO:  WELL, ORIGINALLY.  BUT NOW, DIRECTLY

          12   ME.

          13             THE COURT:  OKAY.  ACCORDING TO YOUR PAPERWORK --

          14   DID SOMETHING HAPPEN ON APRIL 29, 2008?

          15             MS. NOTARO:  YES, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING BEFORE

          16   THAT.

          17             THE COURT:  WELL, THAT MIGHT BE, BUT I'M LOOKING

          18   AT YOUR PAPERWORK.  IT SAYS HERE -- LET ME TELL YOU.  IT

          19   SAYS:  "DATE OF MOST RECENT HARASSMENT, APRIL 29, 2008."

          20             DID SOMETHING HAPPEN THAT DAY?

          21             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

          22             THE COURT:  WHAT HAPPENED?

          23             MS. NOTARO:  I WAS PERFORMING AT THE IMPROV IN

          24   HOLLYWOOD, AND I SHOWED UP -- AND I HAVE INFORMED THE CLUBS

          25   WHERE I PERFORM ABOUT ALISA AND HER SISTER BECAUSE THEY

          26   HAVE SHOWN UP PREVIOUSLY TO OTHER VENUES WHERE I HAVE

          27   PERFORMED, AND SO THEY KNEW ABOUT THEM.  SO WHEN I WAS

          28   ARRIVING TO THE CLUB, THEY CALLED ME TO TELL ME -- THE CLUB


                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296

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           1   CALLED TO TELL ME THAT ALISA WAS THERE AND SHE HAD BEEN

           2   REMOVED FROM THE CLUB.

           3             SO I SHOWED UP AT THE SHOW; ALISA, HER SISTER,

           4   AND THEN HER MOTHER, ALSO SHOWED UP WHILE I WAS PERFORMING

           5   AND SPENT TWO HOURS CASING THE PLACE AND MAKING THREATS AND

           6   HARASSING.

           7             THE COURT:  WHO DID THEY MAKE THREATS TO?

           8             MS. NOTARO:  PEOPLE WAITING TO GO TO THE SHOW

           9   OUTSIDE THE VENUE.

          10             THE COURT:  I WANT TO BE CLEAR WITH THIS.  YOU

          11   ARE INSIDE PERFORMING.

          12             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

          13             THE COURT:  YOU ARE TELLING ME THEY ARE

          14   OUTSIDE -- THE PEOPLE THAT, I ASSUME, ARE STANDING IN LINE

          15   TO GET IN -- AND THAT THEY ARE GOING UP TO THESE PEOPLE TO

          16   DISCOURAGE THEM FROM SEEING YOU.

          17             IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?

          18             MS. NOTARO:  NO.  THEY WERE SAYING TO THE

          19   SECURITY GUARD --

          20             THE COURT:  YES.

          21             MS. NOTARO:  -- AT THE DOOR, THAT I BETTER WATCH

          22   MY BACK, ALL BASED ON OTHER PREVIOUS EVENTS.  THAT'S WHY I

          23   CAN'T -- DIDN'T COME OUT OF THE VENUE.

          24             THE COURT:  THEY ARE TELLING THIS TO THE SECURITY

          25   PEOPLE?

          26             MS. NOTARO:  RIGHT, WHO ARE HERE.  I'VE BROUGHT

          27   THEM HERE.

          28             THE COURT:  WHERE ARE THE SECURITY PEOPLE?


                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296

                                                                           4




           1             MS. NOTARO:  HE'S THE SECURITY GUARD FROM THE

           2   HOLLYWOOD IMPROV.

           3             THE COURT:  SHE IS ALLEGEDLY SAYING IT TO THIS

           4   PERSON, BUT NOT TO YOU?

           5             MS. NOTARO:  RIGHT.

           6             THE COURT:  OKAY.  I MEAN, WHILE YOU ARE INSIDE

           7   AND YOU ARE DOING YOUR SHOWS.

           8             MS. NOTARO:  WHEN I WAS READY TO LEAVE, I

           9   COULDN'T LEAVE BECAUSE THEY WERE OUT THERE.  BASED ON

          10   PREVIOUS SITUATIONS, I DIDN'T WANT TO COME OUT OF THE CLUB

          11   BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN AGGRESSIVE AT OTHER VENUES.

          12             THE COURT:  SINCE APRIL 29TH -- LET'S DO THAT

          13   FIRST.  AFTER APRIL 29, HAS SHE DONE ANYTHING THAT YOU

          14   CONSIDER TO BE HARASSING TOWARD YOU?

          15             MS. NOTARO:  SHE HAS -- LET'S SEE.  LET ME --

          16             THE COURT:  YOU CAME TO THE COURT ON MAY 5TH TO

          17   THE FILE YOUR PAPERWORK, AND YOU GOT A TEMPORARY ORDER.  SO

          18   SINCE APRIL 29TH, HAS SHE DONE ANYTHING?

          19             MS. NOTARO:  THE MOST THAT SHE'S DONE SINCE APRIL

          20   29TH IS -- IT'S BEEN ONLINE HARASSMENT; SIGNING ME UP FOR

          21   DATING SITES AND --

          22             THE COURT:  HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?

          23             MS. NOTARO:  ONLY BECAUSE OF -- I WOULD GET

          24   EMAILS WITH MY EX'S NAME ON THERE.  I MEAN, I HAVE THE

          25   PAPERWORK THAT I COULD SHOW YOU.

          26             THE COURT:  HOW DO YOU KNOW SHE'S THE ONE WHO DID

          27   IT?

          28             MS. NOTARO:  I MEAN, I WOULD HAVE TO, YOU KNOW,


                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296

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           1   HIGHER A DETECTIVE TO FOLLOW --

           2             THE COURT:  YOU THINK SHE DID IT.

           3             MS. NOTARO:  YEAH.

           4             THE COURT:  OKAY.  NOW, PRIOR TO APRIL 29, HAS

           5   SHE DONE ANYTHING TO HARASS YOU?  PRIOR TO APRIL 29, PRIOR

           6   TO THIS SITUATION.  YOU TOLD ME ABOUT AT THE CLUB.  HAS

           7   SHE --

           8             MS. NOTARO:  YEAH.  THERE WAS TWO INCIDENTS AT

           9   THE CLUB CALLED LARGO, AND THE FIRST ONE WAS APRIL 12TH.

          10             THE COURT:  THIS YEAR?

          11             MS. NOTARO: 
YES.  SHE SHOWED UP TO -- I GO BY

          12   THE NAME TIG NOTARO.  THE SHOW IS CALLED NOTARO & FRIENDS.

          13   SHE SHOWED UP CLAIMING THAT SHE DIDN'T KNOW THAT I WAS

          14   PERFORMING THERE, AND SHE SHOWED UP -- SHE'S BEEN STALKING

          15   THIS PERSON THAT WE HAVE IN COMMON FOR THE PAST YEAR, SO I

          16   KNOW SHE CAME TO THE SHOW LOOKING FOR STEPHANIE.

          17             THE COURT:  MA'AM, IF YOU CAN'T CONTROL YOURSELF,

          18   PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE COURTROOM.

          19             HENYA SPITZBERG:  PLEASE LET ME STAY.

          20             THE COURT:  YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CONTROL

          21   YOURSELF, MA'AM.

          22             HENYA SPITZBERG:  OKAY.

          23             THE COURT:  GO AHEAD.  I'M LISTENING.

          24             MS. NOTARO: 
ON APRIL 12 SHE SHOWED UP, AND AFTER

          25   SHE SHOWED, I WAS SPEAKING TO MY AGENT AND SHE INTERRUPTED

          26   ME, ALISA INTERRUPTED ME, AND SAID:

          27             "YOU DON'T REMEMBER ME.  DO YOU REMEMBER ME?"

          28             I SAID, "I DO," AND THEN TURNED BACK TO MY AGENT.


                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296

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           1   THEN SHE INTERRUPTED ME AGAIN.  SHE SAID:

           2             "I DON'T THINK YOU REMEMBER ME."

           3             I SAID, "I DO REMEMBER YOU.  THE

           4             TIME I MET YOU YOU WERE AGGRESSIVE.

           5             YOU PUSHED ME, AND I DON'T WANT TO

           6             TALK TO YOU AT ALL."

           7             THEN SHE GOT IN MY FACE AND -- IF YOU WILL EXCUSE

           8   ME, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT SHE SAID.

           9             THE COURT:  TELL ME WHAT SHE SAID.

          10             MS. NOTARO:  SHE CALLED ME A CRAZY DIKE CUNT AND

          11   GOT IN THE MY FACE.  AND AT THAT POINT I HAD THE SECURITY

          12   REMOVE HER, AND HE IS ALSO HERE.

          13             THE COURT:  OKAY.  I'LL HEAR FROM HIM IN A

          14   MINUTE.  THAT'S ON APRIL 12.  WHAT HAPPENED PRIOR TO THAT?

          15             MS. NOTARO:  THERE IS ANOTHER INCIDENT BETWEEN

          16   APRIL 12 AND APRIL 29, BUT THERE IS ONE PRIOR TO APRIL 12

          17   ALSO.

          18             THE COURT:  OKAY.

          19             MS. NOTARO:  WHICH ONE WOULD YOU LIKE?

          20             THE COURT:  OKAY.  YOU SAID THERE WERE TWO

          21   INCIDENTS BEFORE APRIL 29, BUT YOU MEANT AT THIS ONE CLUB?

          22             MS. NOTARO:  YES.

          23             THE COURT:  ALL RIGHT.  WHAT WAS THE OTHER ONE AT

          24   THAT CLUB?

          25             MS. NOTARO:  THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY NIGHT I WAS

          26  
PERFORMING AGAIN, AND I WAS OUTSIDE OF THE VENUE TALKING TO

          27   THE OWNER OF THE CLUB, AND I LOOKED TO MY RIGHT AND ALISA

          28   AND HER SISTER RIGHT AS I TURNED TO MY RIGHT WERE RUNNING


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           1   DOWN THE SIDEWALK TOWARDS ME.  I WENT INSIDE.  THE OWNER

           2   SHUT THE DOOR, WOULDN'T LET THEM IN.

           3             AT THAT POINT THEY HAD TO LOCK THE DOOR BECAUSE

           4   THEY WERE KICKING AND BEATING THE DOOR SAYING WE'RE GOING

           5   TO GET THAT FUCKING DIKE.  AND THEN THEY WENT AROUND TO THE

           6   BACK.  THAT'S WHEN AGAIN MY BACK DOOR GUY FROM LARGO, THEY

           7   HAD TO LOCK THE BACK DOOR, AND THEY CONTINUED DOING THAT

           8   FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF.  AND THEN KEVIN, WHO I'VE ALSO

           9   BROUGHT, WAS SOMEBODY THAT WAS AT THE VENUE THAT NIGHT, AND

          10   JUST; SAYING:  "WE'RE GOING TO GET THAT

          11             FUCKING DIKE.  SHE BETTER WATCH

          12             HER BACK."

          13             THAT KIND OF THINGS -- THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.

          14   THAT WAS ON APRIL 12TH.

          15             THE COURT:  YOU TOLD ME THE OTHER DATE WAS APRIL

          16   12.

          17             MS. NOTARO:  NOT APRIL 12.  APRIL 12 WAS THE

          18   FIRST ONE.  APRIL 9 -- I'M SORRY, APRIL 7 WAS THE FIRST

          19   ONE.  APRIL 12 WAS THE SECOND ONE.  I HAD THE DATES

          20   CONFUSED.

          21             THE COURT:  OKAY.  DO YOU HAVE ONE OTHER INCIDENT

          22   TO TELL ME ABOUT?

          23             MS. NOTARO:  YES.  THIS IS QUITE AWHILE BEFORE.

          24   THIS WAS THE END OF AUGUST OF 2007.  I WAS ON THE PHONE

          25   WITH STEPHANIE, WHO IS HERE AND WHO IS MY EX AND WHO ALISA

          26   WAS BRIEFLY INVOLVED WITH.  I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH HER,

          27   AND AT THE TIME SHE DIDN'T HAVE AN APARTMENT THAT SHE WAS

          28   LIVING IN.  AND I ASKED WHAT SHE WAS DOING.


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           1             SHE SAID, "I'M GOING TO MEET A

           2             LANDLORD AT SUNAMI CAFE."  AND IT WAS MAYBE 8:00

           3   O'CLOCK AT NIGHT.

           4             AND I SAID:  "THAT DOESN'T MAKE

           5             SENSE.  IT DOES NOT SOUND SAFE."

           6             AND SHE SAID:  "WELL, THIS

           7             LANDLORD CLAIMS THAT SHE IS DEAF

           8             AND HAS TO MEET ME IN PERSON."

           9             AND I SAID:  "I'M IN THE AREA;

         
10             I'LL JUST COME WITH YOU; JUST

          11             DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT."

          12             SO I HAD COFFEE WITH STEF, AND ALISA WALKED IN.

          13   AND WHEN SHE SAW US SITTING TOGETHER, SHE SAID -- SHE SAT

          14   DOWN AND WAS LIKE:  "OH, SO YOU GUYS ARE

          15             BACK TOGETHER."

          16             AND WE WERE JUST IGNORING HER.  SHE WAS VERY

          17   AGGRESSIVE, AND VERY JUST PERSISTENT AND GOT IN OUR SPACE.

          18   WE IGNORED HER.  AND THEN A BOTTLE OF VODKA FELL OUT OF HER

          19   PURSE, AND SHE PUT IT BACK IN HER PURSE, AND SHE KEPT

          20   SAYING:  "YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS LOOK GREAT

          21             TOGETHER.  THIS IS GREAT," AND,

          22             YOU KNOW, WHATEVER.

          23             I SAID, "YOU KNOW, LET'S GO WALK

          24             OUTSIDE AND WAIT FOR THE LANDLORD."

          25             SO WE WALKED OUT.  ALISA WALKED OUT THERE.

          26             AND SHE SAYS, "OH, WHAT, ARE YOU

          27             TRYING TO AVOID ME?"  AND --

          28             THE COURT:  MA'AM.


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           1             MS. SPITZBERG:  BUT SHE'S MAKING IT UP.  IT'S ALL

           2   SUCH FABRICATION.

           3             THE COURT:  LISTEN TO ME.  YOU ARE NOT HELPING

           4   YOUR CASE.  STOP THE HISTRIONICS.  YOU WILL GET YOUR

           5   CHANCE.  GO AHEAD.
6             MS. NOTARO:  SHE SAID:  "ARE YOU

           7             TRYING TO AVOID ME?"

           8             I KEPT SAYING TO STEF TO JUST IGNORE HER, JUST

           9   IGNORE HER.  THEN ALISA SAID:  "OH, ARE

          10             YOU HER FUCKING KEEPER?"

          11             I SAID, "GO GET YOUR STUFF.

          12             LET'S JUST GO."

          13             AND WHEN I DID, ALISA GOT IN MY FACE AND PUSHED

          14   ME.  AND THEN STEF WENT IN TO GET HER STUFF.  WE WALKED OUT

          15   OF THE CAFE TOWARDS THE -- WHERE WE WERE PARKED ON THE

          16   STREET, AND ALISA FOLLOWED US AGAIN CALLING US DISGUSTING

          17   BULL DIKES, CUNTS, JUST ALL THESE HORRENDOUS NAMES.

       
          18             THE COURT:  OKAY.  I'M GOING TO STOP YOU.  I'M

          19   GOING TO HAVE BOTH OF YOU HAVE A SEAT, PLEASE.  I'M GOING

          20   TO CALL DEPARTMENT F'S CALENDAR.  WE'LL FINISH UP THIS CASE

          21   SO I CAN GIVE YOU MORE TIME.  HAVE A SEAT.  WE'LL GET BACK

          22   TO YOU IN A MINUTE.

          23             (RECESS)

          24             THE COURT:  NOTARO VERSUS SPITZBERG.  ALL

          25   WITNESSES THAT ARE HERE FOR THE PETITIONER, COME UP ON THIS

          26   SIDE, PLEASE.  ALL OF YOU.  I WANT ALL YOU FOLKS TO RAISE

          27   YOU RIGHT HAND.

          28             THE CLERK:  DO YOU AND EACH OF YOU SOLEMNLY STATE


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           1   THAT THE TESTIMONY YOU MAY GIVE IN THE CAUSE NOW PENDING

           2   BEFORE THIS COURT SHALL BE THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND

           3   NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH SO HELP YOU GOD?

           4             MR. GRIFFEE:  I DO.

           5             MR. WHITAKER:  I DO.

           6             MS. WILLEN:  I DO.

           7             MR. SECCIA:  I DO.

           8             THE COURT:  I'M GOING TO GO ONE BY ONE ASKING

           9   SOME QUESTIONS.  OKAY.  WHAT IS YOUR NAME, SIR?

          10             MR. GRIFFEE:  MICHAEL GRIFFEE.

          11             THE COURT:  SPELL THE LAST NAME.

          12             MR. GRIFFEE:  G-R-I-F-F-E-E.

          13             THE COURT:  YOU KNOW MS. NOTARO?

          14             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES, SIR.

          15             THE COURT:  HOW DO YOU KNOW HER?

          16             MR. GRIFFEE:  SHE PERFORMS AT A CLUB WHERE I AM

          17   GENERAL MANAGER.

          18             THE COURT:  WHICH CLUB IS THAT?

          19             MR. GRIFFEE:  CLUB LARGO, L-A-R-G-O.

          20             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. SPITZBERG?

          21             MR. GRIFFEE:  I HAVE SEEN HER AT LARGO.

          22             THE COURT:  HAVE YOU EVER SPOKEN TO HER?

          23             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES, SIR.

          24             THE COURT:  HAS SHE EVER SPOKEN TO YOU?

          25             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES, SIR.

          26             THE COURT:  WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW HER AT

          27   THE CLUB?

          28             MR. GRIFFEE:  LAST TIME THAT I SAW HER AT THE


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           1   CLUB WAS ON APRIL 12, SATURDAY NIGHT.

           2             THE COURT:  DID SHE SAY ANYTHING TO YOU?

           3             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES, SIR.

           4             THE COURT:  WHAT DID SHE SAY TO YOU?

           5             MR. GRIFFEE:  SHE SAID THINGS OVER THE COURSE OF

           6   ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF, SIR.  THERE WAS LOTS SAID --

           7             THE COURT:  WELL, START WHEN -- STARTING OUT IN

           8   THE CONVERSATION, WHAT WAS SHE SAYING TO YOU TO BEGIN WITH?

           9             MR. GRIFFEE:  WELL, WHEN I FIRST APPROACHED HER,

          10   SHE HAD ALREADY BEEN SPEAKING WITH THE OWNER OF THE CLUB

          11   OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT OF THE CLUB.  AND I WENT OUTSIDE, AND

          12   SHE SAID, "OH, YOU AGAIN," OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT.  I

          13   WAS THE ONE THAT ASKED -- THAT ASKED HER TO LEAVE THE CLUB

          14   ON THE 9TH OR THE PREVIOUS -- THE 7TH.

          15             THE COURT:  WHY DID YOU ASK HER TO LEAVE THE

         
16   CLUB?

          17             MR. GRIFFEE:  TIG EXPRESSED THAT SHE FELT

          18   THREATENED BY THE DEFENDANT, AND SHE ASKED IF I WOULD ASK

          19   HER TO LEAVE.  AND, OF COURSE, IN MY LINE OF WORK, IF MY

          20   ARTIST FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE ABOUT ANYTHING, I ASK THEM TO

          21   LEAVE.

          22             THE COURT:  DID YOU TELL MS. SPITZBERG TO LEAVE?

          23             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES.

          24             THE COURT:  WHAT DID SHE SAY TO YOU?

          25             MR. GRIFFEE:  SHE SAID "WHY?"

          26             I SAID, "YOU ARE MAKING TIG FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE."

          27             SHE SAID, "WELL, I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HER."

          28             I SAID -- YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T WITNESS ANY


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           1   INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM.  I SAID:

           2             "YOU KNOW, IT'S MY JOB HERE TO

           3             MAKE MY ARTIST FEEL COMFORTABLE,

           4             SO I WILL HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE."

           5             THE COURT:  DID SHE LEAVE PEACEFULLY?

           6             MR. GRIFFEE:  BASICLY, YES.  IT WAS AFTER THE

           7   SHOW, SO THERE WAS PEOPLE LEAVING AT THAT POINT THAT THE

          
8   CLUB WAS KIND OF EMPTYING OUT.  I WALKED HER TO THE FRONT

           9   DOOR, AND THEN, AS -- WHEN SHE GOT TO THE FRONT DOOR, SHE

          10   JUST SAID:  "YOU KNOW, SHE'S CRAZY.

          11             SHE SAYS I DID ALL THIS STUFF

          12             TO HER.  SHE'S CRAZY."

          13             SHE KEPT SAYING HOW TIG WAS CRAZY AND SHE DIDN'T

          14   DO ANYTHING.  I SAID:

          15             "THAT'S NOT MY PLACE TO JUDGE.

          16             YOU NEED YOU TO LEAVE NOW."

          17             THE COURT:  NOW, ON THE 12TH YOU SEE HER, AND SHE

          18   SAYS:  "IT'S YOU AGAIN."

          19             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES, SIR.

          20             THE COURT:  WHAT ELSE DID SHE SAY TO YOU?

          21             MR. GRIFFEE:  BY THEN, THE OWNER WENT INSIDE AND

          22   I STAYED OUTSIDE.  HER SISTER WAS WITH HER OR THE PERSON I

          23   WAS TOLD WAS HER SISTER WAS WITH HER, AND THEY BASICLY JUST

          24   BEGAN HARASSING ME SAYING THAT THEY WERE GOING TO CLOSE

          25   DOWN THE CLUB AND THAT THEY WERE VERY POWERFUL PEOPLE; THAT

          26   I WAS AN ASSHOLE, A FAGOT, AND BALD, AND --

          27             THE COURT:  MA'AM, IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN

          28   THE PROCESS, YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR LIPS TOGETHER.  YOU


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           1   DON'T UNDERSTAND THE EFFECT IT HAS FOR SOMEONE SITTING UP

           2   HERE WATCHING YOU REACT THAT WAY.  IT'S NOT GOOD, SO STOP

           3   IT.  ALL RIGHT.  WHAT ELSE DID SHE SAY TO YOU?

           4             MR. GRIFFEE:  YOU KNOW, SHE BASICLY JUST KEPT

           5   REITERATING, YOU KNOW, "WHY DID YOU KICK ME OUT LAST" -- IT

           6   WAS, YOU KNOW, FIVE DAYS BEFORE THEN.

           7             "WHY DID YOU KICK ME OUT

           8             ON MONDAY.  I WANT JUSTICE.

           9             I WANT JUSTICE."

          10             I KEPT SAYING, "I DON'T KNOW

          11             WHAT THAT MEANS.  THIS IS MY

          12             BUSINESS.  IF I SAY YOU CAN'T

          13             BE HERE; YOU CAN'T BE HERE."

          14             THEY WALKED AWAY AFTER A COUPLE MINUTES, AND THEN

          15   TEN MINUTES LATER SHE SHOWED UP AT THE BACK DOOR, WHICH IS

          16   AN ALLEY AND MY KITCHEN DOOR.  IT'S A RESTAURANT AS WELL.

          17             THE COURT:  DID SHE SAY ANYTHING TO YOU BY THE

          18   BACK DOOR?

          19             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES.  THEY, MYSELF, AND KEVIN WERE

          20   OUT BACK.  KEVIN WAS HAVING A CIGAR IN THE ALLEY, AND I

          21   WENT BACK TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN'T TRY TO COME IN THE BACK

          22   DOOR.  BEFORE LONG THEY HAD BOTH COME UP THE ALLEY AND

          23   APPROACHED US AND WERE JUST VERBALLY HARASSING.

          24             I CAN TELL YOU THE GIST OF WHAT THEY WERE SAYING

          25   WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, STANDING FACE TO FACE WITH ME AND JUST

          26   SAYING, YOU KNOW:  "YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE."

          27             "YOU ARE A FUCKER."

          28             "YOU CAN'T KICK ME OUT OF YOUR CLUB."


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           1             "MY MOTHER IS A VERY POWERFUL PERSON."

           2             "WE'RE GOING TO SHUT YOUR CLUB DOWN."

           3             IT WENT ON A VERY LONG TIME.

           4             THE COURT:  DID THEY SAY ANYTHING ABOUT

           5   MS. NOTARO?

           6             MR. GRIFFEE:  WELL, THEY SAID, YOU KNOW,

           7   BASICALLY --

           8             THE COURT:  STRIKE MY QUESTION.

           9             DID MS. SPITZBERG SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MS. NOTARO?

          10             MR. GRIFFEE.  MS. SPITZBERG BASICLY WAS JUST

          11   SAYING, YOU KNOW:  "THAT BITCH CAN'T GET ME

          12             THROWN OUT OF HERE."

          13             AND, YOU KNOW:  "SHE HAS NO RIGHT

          14             TO TELL ME WHERE I CAN GO."

          15             AND, YOU KNOW -- AND I JUST KEPT SAYING, YOU

          16   KNOW:  "WHY ARE YOU HERE?  I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

          17             WHY ARE YOU HERE?  WHY DO YOU --

          18             IF YOU DON'T LIKE HER, WHY ARE YOU

          19             TRYING TO COME TO HER SHOW.

          20             WHY ARE YOU EVEN HERE."

          21             THE COURT:  AND SHE SAID?

          22             MR. GRIFFEE:  I NEVER GOT A LUCID ANSWER, YOUR

          23   HONOR.  SHE KEPT SAYING:  "I WANT JUSTICE.

          24             I WANT JUSTICE.  YOU CAN'T KICK

          25             ME OUT OF YOUR CLUB."

          26             THE COURT:  IN EITHER OCCASION IN APRIL, DID YOU

          27   SEE MS. NOTARO AND MS. SPITZBERG TALK TO EACH OTHER?

          28             MR. GRIFFEE:  WHEN TIG FIRST CAME TO ME ON --


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           1   FIRST CAME TO ME ON THE 7TH --

           2             THE COURT:  THIS IS A "YES" OR "NO."

           3             MR. GRIFFEE:  YES.

           4             THE COURT:  WHAT DID YOU WITNESS THEM SAY TO EACH

           5   OTHER?

           6             MR. GRIFFEE:  I DON'T KNOW.  IT WAS AFTER THE

           7   CLUB -- THE MUSIC WAS UP.  THERE WAS PEOPLE ALL AROUND ME

           8   TALKING.  I WAS STANDING AT THE END OF THE -- I WAS

           9   STANDING IN THE KITCHEN, AND THE DOOR HAD OPENED.

          10             TIG -- MS. NOTARO WAS AT THE END OF THE BAR.  I

          11   SAID, MICHAEL -- MICHAEL AND I JUST CAME OUT FROM THE

          12   KITCHEN AND SAID WHAT'S UP, AND SHE JUST SAID, YOU KNOW,

          13   THIS PERSON IS ACTING AGGRESSIVE AND THREATENING ME.

          14             AND I DON'T KNOW ANY HISTORY OR ANYTHING.  I JUST

          15   SAY, OH, LET ME TAKE CARE OF THAT.  I SAID, "TIG, GO TO THE

          16   KITCHEN."  I WAS WALKING PAST.  HER AND THE DEFENDANT HAD

          17   WORDS.  I DON'T REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT.

          18             THE COURT:  ALL RIGHT.

          19             MR. GRIFFEE:  THE DEFENDANT WAS JUST SAYING, YOU

          20   KNOW:  "WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.

          21             YOU ARE CRAZY.  YOU ARE CRAZY."

          22             THE COURT:  OKAY.  THANK YOU.

          23             SIR, WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

          24             MR. WHITAKER:  BRIAN WHITAKER.

          25             THE COURT:  SPELL IT.

          26             MR. WHITAKER:  W-H-I-T-A-K-E-R.

          27             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. NOTARO?

          28             MR. WHITAKER:  YES, SIR.


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           1             THE COURT:  HOW DO YOU KNOW HER?

           2             MR. WHITAKER:  I KNOW HER THROUGH THE DEFENDANT,

           3   ACTUALLY, BECAUSE THE DEFENDANT CAME TO THE CLUB BEFORE

           4   MS. NOTARO SHOWED UP THAT NIGHT, AND I WAS GIVEN NOTICE OF

           5   THE DEFENDANT BEFORE MS. NOTARO SHOWED UP BECAUSE SHE SENT

           6   A FAX WARNING ME OF HER PRESENCE, AND A PHOTO.

           7             THE COURT:  OKAY.  WHAT DO YOU FOR THE CLUB?

           8             MR. WHITAKER:  I'M SECURITY THERE, SIR.

           9             THE COURT:  WHICH CLUB.

          10             MR. WHITAKER:  THE IMPROV COMEDY CLUB.

          11             THE COURT:  DID YOU SEE MS. SPITZBERG AT THE

          12   CLUB?

          13             MR. WHITAKER:  YES.

          14             THE COURT:  WHAT DATE ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

          15             MR. WHITAKER:  APRIL 29.

          16             THE COURT:  DID YOU SPEAK WITH MS. SPITZBERG?

          17             MR. WHITAKER:  YES.

          18             THE COURT:  WHAT DID SHE SAY TO YOU?

          19             MR. WHITAKER:  A LOT, SIR.  WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO

          20   TELL YOU THE WHOLE STORY?

          21             THE COURT:  I WANT TO KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHATEVER

          22   SHE SAID TO YOU.

          23             MR. WHITAKER:  WELL, IT WAS OVER A COURSE, I

          24   BELIEVE, OF -- IT'S MORE LIKE TIG WAS THIS WHOLE TIME --

          25   SHE MENTIONED TWO HOURS; IT WAS ACTUALLY MORE LIKE FOUR OR

          26   FIVE HOURS.  DURING THE ENTIRE NIGHT, SHE SHOWED UP AND

          27   LEFT AND THEN HAD HER SISTER SHOW UP AND SHE LEFT; THEN

          28   THEY ALL THREE CAME BACK; SHE, HER MOTHER -- FIRST, THERE


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           1   WERE A LOT OF WORDS EXCHANGED, BUT IT STARTED OFF, I -- SHE

           2   CAME OUT FOR A CIGARETTE AND --

           3             THE COURT:  WHO IS SHE?

           4             MR. WHITAKER:  I'M SORRY, THE DEFENDANT.  SHE --

           5   I NOTICED HER FROM THE PICTURE I WAS GIVEN AND WARNED OF,

           6   SO I -- YOU KNOW, WE HAD BEEN TALKING FOR A LITTLE BIT,

           7   HAVING A POLITE CONVERSATION.  SHE SEEMED A LITTLE BIT OFF.

           8   I CHECKED THE PICTURE BECAUSE THE EYES LOOKED FAMILIAR TO

           9   MY PICTURE IN MY POCKET, SHIRT POCKET.

          10             I NOTICED IT WAS HER.  I ASKED HER IF HER NAME

          11   WAS ALISA.  SHE SAID:  "HOW DO YOU KNOW?"

          12             I SAID, "I'M VERY SORRY YOU CAME.

          13             I CAN'T ALLOW YOU BACK IN THE CLUB."

          14             SHE IMMEDIATELY JUST SEEMED TO KNOW WHAT I WAS

          15   TALKING ABOUT.  HER EYES LIT UP.

          16             "DID THAT DIKE HAVE ME KICKED OUT OF HERE?"

          17             I SAID -- I WAS TRYING TO PLAY HER FRIEND.

          18             I SAID:  "YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY

          19             ABOUT COMICS, THEY CAN BE PREMADONNAS."

          20             I WAS TRYING TO KEEP HER OUT IN A PEACEFUL WAY.

          21   THEY WANTED MONEY BACK FOR THE BEER THEY BOUGHT.  I TRIED

          22   TO ARRANGED WITH THE BARTENDER TO GET HER A LITTLE MONEY

          23   BACK.  AND WHEN I GOT HER MONEY BACK FOR THEM, THEY WENT

          24   HER TIP BACK, AND THE BARTENDER WOULD NOT GIVE THE TIP

          25   BACK.

          26             SHE STARTED TO GET A LITTLE BIT AGITATED AND I

          27   ASKED HER TO STAND A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AWAY FROM THE DOOR,

          28   WHICH THEY DID, SHE DID.  AND IT WAS STILL -- IT WAS STILL


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           1   ON A CORDIAL LEVEL.  WE WERE TRYING TO KEEP IT PEACEFUL AND

           2   ALL THAT.  IT WAS WORKING SO FAR.

           3             THEN SHE STARTED BEING -- SHE STARTED TRYING TO

           4   BE SUBTLE IN HER INSULTS TOWARDS ME:

           5             "I UNDERSTAND YOUR POSITION.

           6             YOU ARE TRYING TO PROTECT YOUR

           7             SHITTY JOB."

           8             I SAID, "YEAH, YOU KNOW HOW IT IS."

           9             SHE BASICLY INFORMED ME THEN, SHE SAID:

          10             "DON'T WORRY, I KNOW TIG'S CAR.

          11             I KNOW THE LICENSE PLATE."

          12             SHE MENTIONED THE MAKE AND LICENSE PLATE ON THE

          13   CAR.  I ONLY REMEMBER TWO NUMBERS IN THE LICENSE PLATE THAT

          14   SHE MENTIONED.  I CLEARED IT WITH TIG LATER AND ASKED WHEN

          15   I MET TIG IS THAT HER CAR, IS THAT THE MAKE.

          16             SHE SAID, "HOW DID SHE KNOW THIS?"

          17             BASICALLY, AFTER THAT, I TOLD HER:

          18             "YOU ARE NOT GOING -- YOU HAVE TO

          19             STAY AWAY FROM THE CLUB.  YOU ARE

          20             NOT WELCOME HERE."

          21             SHE STARTED CALLING ME A DOG.  SHE SAID I WAS

          22   TRYING TO MAKE INSTANT MANAGER.  SHE ASKED AROUND INSIDE.

          23   SHE FOUND OUT I ONLY MAKE $4.00 AN HOUR THERE.  I'M JUST

          24   THERE TO KISS UP AND, YOU KNOW, TRY TO BE A COMEDIAN OR

          25   WHATEVER.  THEN SHE SWITCHED HER STORY.  FIVE MINUTES LATER

          26   SHE GOT AROUND INSIDE AND FOUND OUT THAT I DON'T GET PAID

          27   AT ALL TO BE THERE.

          28             THE COURT:  THANK YOU.  SIR, YOUR NAME?


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           1             PLAINTIFF 2:  KEVIN SECCIA.

           2             THE COURT:  KEVIN SECCIA?

           3             MR. SECCIA:  YES.

           4             THE COURT:  S-E-C-C-I-A?

           5             MR. SECCIA:  YES.

           6             THE COURT:  ALL RIGHT.  YOU WORK AT ONE OF THE

           7   CLUBS?

           8             MR. SECCIA:  YES, I'M A COMEDIAN AT LARGO.

           9             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. NOTARO?

          10             MR. SECCIA:  I DO.

          11             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. SPITZBERG?

          12             MR. SECCIA:  FROM THE EVENING OF THE 12TH, YES.

          13             THE COURT:  APRIL 12?

          14             MR. SECCIA:  YES.

          15             THE COURT:  WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THAT

          16   EVENING?

          17             MR. SECCIA:  I REMEMBER MS. NOTARO COMING UP TO

          18   ME BEFORE HER SHOW REALLY OUT OF THE SORTS, NERVOUS, UPSET

          19   TO THE POINT THAT I WAS NOT -- I WAS WORRIED ABOUT, YOU

          20   KNOW, HER PERFORMANCE, THAT SHE'S GOOD TO GO ON STAGE.  SHE

          21   WAS REALLY FREAKED OUT, AND SHE EXPLAINED THE SITUATION,

          22   WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND WHAT HER CONCERNS WERE.

          23             AND I TRIED TO ASSURE HER, YOUR HONOR, THAT NO

          24   ONE IS GOING TO COME IN HERE, NO ONE IS GOING TO -- MICHAEL

          25   WILL TAKE CARE OF IT.  NO ONE IS GOING TO STORM THROUGH THE

          26   DOOR, YOU KNOW.  I'M BACK HERE WATCHING THE DOOR.  YOU

          27   SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO ON STAGE.

          28             THE COURT:  LET ME STOP YOU A MINUTE.  YOU SPOKE


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           1   TO MS. NOTARO?

           2             MR. SECCIA:  YES.

           3             THE COURT:  DID YOU HAVE ANY CONVERSATIONS WITH

           4   MS. SPITZBERG?

           5             MR. SECCIA:  YES.

           6             THE COURT:  TELL ME ABOUT THAT.  THAT WAS LATER

           7   IN THE EVENING.  THAT WAS IN THE ALLEY WHEN I WAS SMOKING A

           8   CIGAR.  AND THEY ARE JUST REALLY AGGRESSIVE.

           9             AND "FUCK HER," "SHE IS A FUCKING

          10             CUNT," "WE'RE GOING TO GET HER,"

          11             "THIS IS ISN'T OVER."

          12             THEN SHE CALLED US NERDS, UGLY.  SHE ASKED WHAT

          13   WE WERE DOING.  I TRIED REASONING ALONG THE LINES:

          14             "DOESN'T THE BIGGER PERSON WALK

          15             AWAY.  WHO IS IN THE WRONG NOW."

          16             THEN SHE WENT ON TO SAY -- I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS

          17   HER OR HER SISTER.  IT WAS MS. SPITZBERG WHO SAID THAT:

          18             "YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE A JOB

          19             THE NEXT MONTH.  I'M OUT OF WORK.

          20             THIS IS MY JOB.  YOU TELL HER IT

          21             ISN'T OVER.  ANY TIME SHE GOES OUT

          22             THE HOUSE, ANY TIME SHE PERFORMS,

          23             I'M GOING TO BE ON HER.  I'M GOING

          24             TO SHOW UP.  THIS IS NOW MY JOB."

          25             THE COURT:  THANK YOU.

          26             WHAT IS YOUR NAME, MA'AM?

          27             MS. WILLEN:  STEPHANIE WILLEN, W-I-L-L-E-N.

          28             THE COURT:  MS. NOTARO WAS TESTIFYING THAT THE


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           1   TWO OF YOU HAD COFFEE TOGETHER.

           2             MS. WILLEN:  YES.
DO
           3             THE COURT:  YOU REMEMBER THAT TESTIMONY?

           4             MS. WILLEN:  YES, I DO.

           5             THE COURT:  WHERE WERE YOU?

           6             MS. WILLEN:  WE WERE AT SUNAMI'S.

           7             THE COURT:  OKAY.  AND AT SOME POINT, ACCORDING

           8   TO HER TESTIMONY, MS. SPITZBERG APPEARED THERE.

           9             MS. WILLEN:  YES.

          10             THE COURT:  IS THAT TRUE?

          11             MS. WILLEN:  YES, IT IS.

          12             THE COURT:  WHEN WAS THAT?

          13             MS. WILLEN:  I BELIEVE I WAS THERE AT 7:00.  TIG

          14   CAME AFTERWARDS, AND I'M NOT QUIET SURE, BUT I BELIEVE IT

          15   WAS AROUND 8:00, A LITTLE AFTER.

          16             THE COURT:  THAT'S 8:00 IN THE EVENING?

          17             MS. WILLEN:  YES.

          18             THE COURT:  DID MS. SPITZBERG SPEAK TO YOU?

          19             MS. WILLEN:  YES.

          20             THE COURT:  DID SHE SPEAK TO MS. NOTARO?

          21             MS. WILLEN:  YES, SHE SPOKE AT US.

          22             THE COURT:  OKAY.  WHAT DID SHE SAY?

          23             MS. WILLEN:  A SLURRY OF HOSTILE WORDS.

          24             THE COURT:  DON'T DESCRIBE THEM.  TELL ME THE

          25   WORDS.  WHAT DID SHE SAY?

          26             MS. WILLEN:  SHE STARTED WITH WHAT BASICLY --

          27             "OH, YOU GUYS ARE TOGETHER.

          28             YOU LOOK GREAT.  YOU LOOK GREAT.


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           1             TOGETHER.  NO WONDER ALL THE

           2             GALS LIKE YOU.  LOOKS LIKE

           3             YOU ARE WEARING THE SAME PANTS."

           4             THEN IT MOVED ON TO -- WE WEREN'T RESPONDING TO

           5   HER.  WE WERE JUST TALKING AS IF SHE WASN'T THERE.  SHE GOT

           6   MORE HOSTILE AND MORE IN OUR FACE.  AND SHE JUST DID

           7   STUFF -- TRYING TO DENIGRATE OUR CHARACTER; YOU KNOW:

           8             YOU GUYS ARE UGLY.  HOW COULD

           9             YOU DO THIS TO ME.  HOW COULD

          10             YOU NOT TALK TO ME; YOU DON'T

          11             HAVE ANY HUMANITY; YOU PRETEND

          12             LIKE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME."

          13             THE COURT:  ALL RIGHT.  MS. SPITZBERG.

          14             MS. SPITZBERG:  THANK YOU --

          15             THE COURT:  MA'AM, NO, I'LL ASK QUESTIONS FIRST;

          16   THEN I'LL GIVE YOU THE LAST SAY HERE.

          17             MS. SPITZBERG:  OKAY.

          18             THE COURT:  ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE CLUB CALLED

          19   LARGO?

          20             MS. SPITZBERG:  LIGHTLY.

          21             THE COURT:  YOU EVER BEEN THERE?

          22             MS. SPITZBERG:  I'VE -- I THINK I WAS THERE,

          23   LIKE, SEVEN YEARS AGO.

          24             THE COURT:  WERE YOU THERE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL?

          25             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES, BECAUSE EIGHT MONTHS AFTER

          26   NOT HAVING ANY OPPORTUNITY, I WENT TO SEE A SHOW --

          27             THE COURT:  MA'AM, YOU SAID YOU THINK YOU WERE

          28   THERE SEVEN MONTHS AGO.  I ASKED IF YOU WERE THERE IN


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           1   APRIL --

           2             MS. SPITZBERG:  I'M SAYING THAT I'M NOT THAT

           3   FAMILIAR --

           4             THE COURT:  WERE YOU THERE IN APRIL?

           5             MS. SPITZBERG:  OF COURSE.  I WAS THERE.

           6             THE COURT:  MA'AM, YOU HAVE GOT TO SLOW DOWN.

           7   TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

           8             OKAY.  YOU THERE IN APRIL.  WHY DID YOU GO?

           9             MS. SPITZBERG:  I WENT BECAUSE I'VE BEEN DOING

          10   COMEDY.  I'VE BEEN GOING TO OPEN MICS --

          11             (INTERRUPTION IN PROCEEDINGS)

          12             THE COURT:  MA'AM, I'M SORRY ABOUT WHATEVER THE

          13   SITUATION MAY BE WITH YOUR MOTHER.  MY QUESTION IS --

          14             YOU DON'T TALK WHEN I'M TALKING.  IT MAKES IT

          15   HARD ON MR. JAMES.

          16             WHY DID YOU GO THERE IN APRIL?

          17             MS. SPITZBERG:  I WENT THERE STRICTLY TO SEE A

          18   COMEDY SHOW.  I LOOKED IT UP ON THE INTERNET, THESE WALSH

          19   BROTHERS, AND MY SISTER AND ME WERE THINKING ABOUT GOING

          20   THERE SO I LOOKED IT UP, CRAIG AND FRIENDS WALSH BROTHERS.

          21   I SAID, EIGHT MONTHS I -- FIRST OF ALL, THIS DOESN'T -- THE

          22   WHOLE THING --

          23             THE COURT:  MA'AM, I ONLY ASKED WHY YOU WENT IN

          24   APRIL.

          25             MS. SPITZBERG:  TO SEE A COMEDY SHOW.

          26             THE COURT:  DID YOU KNOW THAT MS. NOTARO WAS

          27   PERFORMING THAT EVENING?

          28             MS. SPITZBERG:  I SAW.  IT DIDN'T EVEN AFFECT ME.


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           1   IT'S NOT SOMEBODY I HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH.

           2             THE COURT:  YOU REMEMBER THIS FIRST GENTLEMAN WHO

           3   TESTIFIED, MR. MICHAEL GRIFFEE?

           4             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE TOLD ME -- HE, HIMSELF, HIM,

           5   THAT HIS NAME WAS JOE --

           6             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW -- DO YOU REMEMBER THIS

           7   GENTLEMAN ON THE END?  DID YOU SPEAK WITH HIM?

           8             MS. SPITZBERG:  I DID NOT HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH

           9   HIM.

          10             THE COURT:  MA'AM, DID YOU SPEAK WITH MR.

          11   GRIFFEE?

          12             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE ONLY SAID LEAVE.  I LEFT --

          13             THE COURT:  SO YOU DID HAVE CONTACT WITH HIM?

          14             MS. SPITZBERG:  BUT THE THINGS HE SAID, I DID NOT

          15   SAY THEM.

          16             THE COURT:  YOU DIDN'T SAY THOSE THINGS?

          17             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.

          18             THE COURT:  HE ASKED YOU TO LEAVE THE CLUB?

          19             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE SAID IF TIG WANTS YOU TO GO.

          20             THE COURT:  WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AT A HUNDRED

          21   MILES AN HOUR?

          22             MS. SPITZBERG:  I'M INTELLIGENT.  I'M FROM NEW

          23   YORK.  I SPEAK QUICKLY.

          24             THE COURT:  IT DOES NOT HELP ME.  WE DON'T HAVE A

          25   GOOD RECORD OF WHAT IT IS YOU ARE SAYING.  WE WANT TO MAKE

          26   HIS JOB -- THIS GENTLEMAN, WE WANT TO --

          27             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE SEEMS LIKE A NICE FELLOW.  I

          28   DON'T WANT TO GIVE HIM TROUBLE.


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           1             THE COURT:  DID MR. GRIFFEE ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE

           2   CLUB?

           3             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES.

           4             THE COURT:  DID HE TELL YOU WHY?

           5             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.  OH, YES.  HE SAID THE ARTIST

           6   WANTS -- WHATEVER THE ARTIST WANTS.  I SAID --

           7             THE COURT:  WHAT DID YOU SAY TO HIM?

           8             MS. SPITZBERG:  I WAS IN COMPLETE SHOCK.  WHY WAS

           9   I BEING REMOVED FOR NOTHING.  I'M WATCHING THE SHOW,

          10   ENJOYING.  I WALKED OUT, AND I SAID, WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

          11   I LEFT.  I THOUGHT, WHAT IS GOING ON.  WHY WOULD THIS

          12   HAPPEN.  THIS MAKES NO SENSE.

          13             AND I HAVE SO MANY WITNESSES I CAN GET, BUT MS.

          14   NOTARO PUT UP ON HER MY SPACE THAT SHE WASN'T GOING TO BE

          15   HERE; SHE'LL BE IN DENVER.

          16             THE COURT:  MA'AM, YOU ARE TELLING ME ABOUT

          17   THINGS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO -- ALL I ASKED YOU IS DID HE

          18   TELL YOU WHY YOU HAD TO LEAVE.

          19             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.

          20             THE COURT:  HE DIDN'T TELL YOU?

          21             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.

          22             THE COURT:  HE JUST SAID "LEAVE"?

          23             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE SAID THE ARTISTS WANTS WHAT

          24   THE ARTIST GETS.

          25             THE COURT:  NO.  DID HE SAY WHY THE ARTIST WANTED

          26   IT?

          27             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.

          28             THE COURT:  THE NEXT GENTLEMEN -- WHAT WAS YOUR


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           1   FIRST NAME AGAIN?

           2             MR. WHITAKER:  {} BRIAN.

           3             THE COURT:  YOU EVER SEEN HIM?

           4             DEFENSE:  THE PRIOR -- HE COMPLETELY FABRICATED

           5   THE WHOLE THING.

           6             THE COURT:  HAVE YOU EVER SEEN HIM BEFORE?

           7             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE'S A COMEDIAN.  I'VE SEEN HIM

           8   DO OPEN MICS.  I SAID HE DID A GOOD JOB.

           9             THE COURT:  DOES HE DO SECURITY WORK?

          10             MS. SPITZBERG:  I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

          11             THE COURT:  DID HE TELL YOU YOU HAD TO LEAVE THE

          12   CLUB --

          13             MS. SPITZBERG:  I SAID, OH, MY GOD, THIS IS.  I

          14   SAID, WHAT IS YOUR NAME.  I SAID -- HE HAD DID A GOOD JOB

          15   IN OPEN MIC --

          16             THE COURT:  DID HE ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE IMPROV

          17   CLUB?

          18             MS. SPITZBERG:  AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES.

          19             THE COURT:  HE DID OR HE DIDN'T?

          20             MS. SPITZBERG:  HE NEVER SAID "LEAVE."

          21             THE COURT:  "REMOVE YOURSELF"?  "YOU CAN'T GET

          22   BACK IN"?

          23             MS. SPITZBERG:  YEAH, "CAN'T GET BACK IN."

          24             THE COURT:  ALL RIGHT.  WHY?  DID YOU ASK HIM

          25   WHY?

          26             MS. SPITZBERG:  I WAS IN SHOCK.

          27             THE COURT:  DID YOU ASK HIM WHY?

          28             MS. SPITZBERG:  COMPLETELY.  WHY.  WHY.


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           1             THE COURT:  WHAT DID HE SAY?

           2             MS. SPITZBERG:  I SAID THIS IS SO UNFAIR.  HE

           3   SEEMS LIKE A COOL PERSON.  I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE WOULD DO IT.

           4   HE WAS REPULSED BY THE WHOLE THING.  FOR HIS JOB, HE

           5   STARTED GETTING NERVOUS.  I COULD SEE HIM TALKING TO THEM.

           6   HE HAD TO GET ME OUT.  I GOT ANNOYED.  HE HAD NO CHARACTER.

           7   I SAW SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

           8             THE COURT:  MA'AM, YOU ARE ADDING STUFF.

           9             MS. SPITZBERG:  (UNINTELLIGIBLE)

          10             THE COURT:  YOUR FIRST NAME IS KEVIN?

          11             MR. SECCIA:  YES, YOUR HONOR.

          12             THE COURT:  DO YOU RECOGNIZE HIM?

          13             MS. SPITZBERG:  KEVIN WENT THERE.  THIS IS WHAT

          14   REALLY HAPPENED --

          15             THE COURT:  DO YOU RECOGNIZE HIM?

          16             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES.

          17             THE COURT:  IS HE A PERFORMER?

          18             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.

          19             THE COURT:  HE'S NOT A PERFORMER.

          20             MS. SPITZBERG:  NO.  WE SAID:

          21             "SAY HI TO TIG" WHEN WE WERE LEAVING.

          22             THEY SAID, "WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE."

          23             I WENT TO SEE -- TO GET AN EXPLANATION OF WHAT IS

          24   GOING ON.  RIGHT AWAY THEY -- JUST LIKE THEY WANTED TO --

          25   SHE'S ON SOME SHOW, SARAH SILVERMAN SHOW.  SHE WASN'T

          26   LISTENING TO LOGIC.  SHE WOULD JUST DRESS THE PART TO KEEP

          27   YOU ON HER SIDE WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE SITUATION.

          28   AND IT WAS NONSENSE.  I WAS A BLOCK -- I WAS HALF A MILE


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           1   AWAY WHEN I FOUND OUT.  I DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO GO.  I SAID,

           2   WHAT IS GOING ON.  I JUST CAN'T GET KICKED OUT.  I WAS

           3   DOING COMEDY.

           4             THE COURT:  OKAY.

           5             MS. SPITZBERG:  IT WAS MY LIVELIHOOD OR

           6   POSSIBILITY OF A LIVELIHOOD.

           7             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. NOTARO?

           8             MS. SPITZBERG:  I DO NOT KNOW MS. NOTARO.

           9             THE COURT:  YOU DON'T KNOW HER.  DO YOU KNOW OF

          10   HER?

          11             MS. SPITZBERG:  I KNOW OF HER.  I'VE NEVER HAD

          12   ONE BIT OF ANIMOSITY TOWARD HER.  I NEVER STALKED A SOLE.

          13             THE COURT:  THE LADY STANDING TEXT TO HER ON HER

          14   RIGHT, DO YOU KNOW HER?

          15             MS. SPITZBERG:  I KNOW HER.

          16             THE COURT:  HOW DO YOU KNOW HER?

          17             MS. SPITZBERG:  I HAD SOME FLING WITH HER; ABOUT

          18   THREE MONTHS.

          19             THE COURT:  WERE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER AT

          20   SUNAMI -- LET ME FINISH THE QUESTION.

          21             DID YOU SEE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER AT SUNAMI?

          22             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES.

          23             THE COURT:  DID YOU GO OVER AND SPEAK TO THEM?

          24             MS. SPITZBERG:  I WAS GOING TO OPEN MIC.  SHE

          25   WASN'T THERE --

          26             THE COURT:  YES, I SPOKE TO THEM OR, NO, I

          27   DIDN'T.

          28             MS. SPITZBERG:  I SPOKE TO THEM.  THEY SPOKE TO


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           1   ME.

           2             THE COURT:  MA'AM, MA'AM.  YOU DID SPEAK WITH

           3   THEM?

           4             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES.

           5             THE COURT:  WHAT DID YOU SAY TO THEM?

           6             MS. SPITZBERG:  I SAID TO THEM -- WE TALKED ABOUT

           7   THE TV SHOW, WE TALKED ABOUT CHADDY (PHONETIC) MARIA,

           8   BRANFORD MARCELLAS, WHO IS TERRIFIC, WE TALKED ABOUT A

           9   HUNDRED THINGS.  IT WAS CIVIL FOR A WHILE.  IT WAS DECENT.

          10   IT WAS COMPLETELY FABRICATED.

          11             I SAID -- ONE, I DON'T USE THOSE WORDS.  I HAVE A

          12   PHILOSOPHY (UNINTELLIGIBLE) EVERY ONE IN MY LIFE.  I DON'T

          13   US C-U-N-T; NEVER CALLED ANYBODY DIKE, FAGOT.  THAT'S

          14   COMPLETELY INVENTED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE SOME HATE CRIME --

          15             THE COURT:  MA'AM, YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN.

          16             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES.  I SPEAK VERY CREATIVE.  I'M

          17   NOT NASTY.  I DON'T EVER SAY THOSE WORDS.

          18             THE COURT:  MA'AM, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU

          19   WANT TO TELL ME?

          20             MS. SPITZBERG:  THERE IS SO MANY.

          21             THE COURT:  WELL, YOU CAN TELL ME A FEW THINGS.

          22   IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE RELEVANT TO THIS CASE --

          23             MS. SPITZBERG:  IT IS RELEVANT.

          24             THE COURT:  -- DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

          25             MS. SPITZBERG:  I UNDERSTAND.

          26             THE COURT:  IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU GO BACK AND

          27   TELL ME WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO TO NEW YORK, I DON'T WANT TO

          28   HEAR THAT.


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           1             MS. SPITZBERG:  I UNDERSTAND.

           2             THE COURT:  GO AHEAD.

           3             MS. SPITZBERG:  OKAY.  I WENT TO SUNAMI FOR OPEN

           4   MIC.  I RAN INTO THEM.  I HAD A SITUATION WHERE I FOUND OUT

           5   STEPHANIE WAS SENDING EMAILS TO A PERSON --

           6             THE COURT:  MA'AM, YOU WANT TO HAVE -- THIS IS

           7   FOR YOUR BENEFIT.

           8             MS. SPITZBERG:  THANK YOU.

           9             THE COURT:  MR. JAMES IS ONE OF BEST COURT

          10   REPORTERS IN THE COUNTY, BUT WE GOT TO HELP HIM OUT, OKAY.

          11   HE WANTS TO DO THE BEST POSSIBLE JOB TO TAKE DOWN EVERY

          12   WORD YOU SPEAK.  YOU NOTICE HOW SLOWLY I AM GOING, THAT WAY

          13   I KNOW MR. JAMES WILL GET DOWN EVERY WORD.  YOU ARE

          14   RUNNING -- WITH YOU TALKING AS FAST AS YOU ARE, HE GETS

          15   EVERY THIRD WORD AND WHEN PEOPLE GO TO READ THE TRANSCRIPT,

          16   THEY WON'T KNOW WHAT YOU SAID.  YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN --

          17             MS. SPITZBERG:  I'M GOING TO DO IT.

          18             THE COURT:  -- YOU WANT TO HAVE A RECORD OF THIS.

          19   OKAY.

          20             MS. SPITZBERG:  OKAY.

          21             THE COURT:  GO AHEAD.  SLOWLY.

          22             MS. SPITZBERG:  OKAY.  SO I WENT TO SUNAMI FOR

          23   THE OPEN MIC.  I HAD A SLIGHT -- YOU KNOW, SHE SENT ME

          24   LETTERS, WELL, WE DIDN'T RESOLVE IT.  I FORGIVE PEOPLE.  I

          25   ONLY WROTE THE LETTER SAYING IT'S OVER, FORGET IT, I WAS

          26   ANNOYED.  YOU ARE SENDING TIG THINGS TO GO TO THE COMEDY

          27   WORLD, RUN INTO PEOPLE.  I DON'T KNOW, IT'S NOT A GOOD

          28   THING.  YOU ARE SENDING LETTERS.  I FORGIVE YOU.  WHATEVER.


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           1   I WENT TO -- SEE, IT WAS AN ODD COINCIDENCE.  FOR MONTHS I

           2   HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HER.

           3             I SAW HER, AND I WAS JUST KIND OF IN A GOOD MOOD,

           4   DOING OPEN MIC.  I HAD STUFF READY.  IT WAS TONS OF PEOPLE.

           5   THERE WAS OPEN MIC GOING ON.  I WENT THERE ON THE 21ST.

           6   THEY SAID NOTHING HAPPENED.  THERE WAS TONS OF WITNESSES.

           7   NOTHING HAPPENED.  I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THEM.  I THOUGHT

           8   SHE WAS IN DENVER.  HER MY SPACE SAID SHE WASN'T SHOWING

           9   UP, SO I --

          10             THE COURT:  YOU SEE, THAT SAYS SOMETHING TO ME,

          11   THE FACT YOU ARE EVEN LOOKING AT HER MY SPACE.  THERE IS

          12   MORE HERE THAN YOU ARE TELLING ME OR MORE HERE THAN YOU ARE

          13   WILLING TO ADMIT TO, AND IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ALL

          14   THESE FOLKS HAVE FABRICATED YOU COMING INTO THESE TWO

          15   CLUBS.  I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER MINUTE, THEN I'M

          16   GOING TO MAKE SOME ORDERS IN THIS CASE.

          17             GO AHEAD.  I'M LISTENING.  YOU HAVE GOT A COUPLE

          18   OF MINUTES IF YOU WANT TO CALL WITNESSES, MA'AM.

          19             MS. SPITZBERG:  YES, MY MOTHER.

          20             THE COURT:  YOU WANT YOUR MOTHER TO TESTIFY?

          21             MS. SPITZBERG:  SHE WAS THERE.

          22             THE COURT:  OKAY, MA'AM, I'LL HEAR FROM HER.

          23             MS. SPITZBERG:  DID YOU READ MY STATEMENTS?

          24             THE COURT:  YES, I HAVE THEM.

          25             RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND, MA'AM.

          26             THE CLERK:  DO YOU SOLEMNLY STATE THAT THE

          27   TESTIMONY YOU MAY GIVE IN THE CAUSE NOW PENDING BEFORE THIS

          28   COURT SHALL BE THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT


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           1   THE TRUTH SO HELP YOU GOD?

           2             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES, DEFINITELY.

           3             THE COURT:  MA'AM, REMEMBER, YOU GOT TO SPEAK

           4   SLOWLY AND LOUD ENOUGH SO I CAN HEAR YOU.

           5             HENYA SPITZBERG:  I'M NOT NERVOUS.  IT'S NOT

           6   INVOLVING ME, REALLY.

           7             THE COURT:  I'M GOING TO ASK YOU A COUPLE OF

           8   QUESTIONS, AND I'LL GIVE YOU A MINUTE TO ASK QUESTIONS

           9   OR -- I ASSUME THIS IS YOUR DAUGHTER.

          10             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES.

          11             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. NOTARO?

          12             HENYA SPITZBERG:  NO, I NEVER HEARD OF HER.  WE

          13   LIVE TOGETHER.

          14             THE COURT:  DO YOU KNOW MS. NOTARO?

          15             HENYA SPITZBERG:  NO.

          16             THE COURT:  OKAY.  ALL RIGHT.  NOW, WERE YOU AT

          17   EITHER LARGO OR THE IMPROV CLUB?

          18             HENYA SPITZBERG:  I WAS AT THE IMPROV.

          19             THE COURT:  YOU WERE AT THE IMPROV?

          20             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES.

          21             THE COURT:  WERE YOU THERE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER?

          22             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES.

          23             THE COURT:  WERE YOU THERE IN APRIL?

          24             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES, I GUESS.

          25             THE COURT:  DID YOU HEAR YOUR DAUGHTER TALK TO

          26   ANYBODY WHO IS HERE TODAY?

          27             HENYA SPITZBERG:  I ONLY REMEMBER HIM.

          28             THE COURT:  WHICH HIM?  WITH THE WHITE SHIRT?


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           1             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES.  AND HE WAS STANDING AND

           2   SNEERING, AND I WAS TELLING HIM, LISTEN, I AM A SURVIVOR,

           3   AND I SAY, I LIKE JUSTICE, AND MY DAUGHTER WAS PUNISHED FOR

           4   NOTHING.  SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW THIS WOMAN, AND SHE'S

           5   THROWN OUT LIKE A CRIMINAL.

           6             AND THEY WERE SNEERING, ALL THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE.

           7   AND HE LAUGHED AT MY FACE.  HE SAID, YOUR DAUGHTER KNOWS

           8   THE LICENSE.  AND I SAID, HOW DOES SHE KNOW THE LICENSE.

           9   YOU ARE A LIAR.  AND I WAS A TEACHER, AND I DON'T LIKE

          10   LIARS.  THIS IS THE WORSE THINGS, SOMEBODY IS JUST STANDING

          11   HERE --

          12             THE COURT:  WERE YOU INSIDE THE CLUB WITH YOUR

          13   DAUGHTER?

          14             HENYA SPITZBERG:  NO.  NEVER.

          15             THE COURT:  NO, MA'AM.  WERE YOU INSIDE THE CLUB

          16   WITH YOUR DAUGHTER?

          17             HENYA SPITZBERG:  OUTSIDE.  NO, I WASN'T.

          18             THE COURT:  JUST OUTSIDE?

          19             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES.  WHEN SHE CAME HOME --

          20             THE COURT:  MA'AM, WHY WERE YOU THERE?

          21             HENYA SPITZBERG:  BECAUSE SHE CAME HOME CRYING.

          22   THIS HAPPEN TWO WEEKS AFTER LARGO.  SHE WAS BANNED.  SHE

          23   CAME IN, AND SHE'S BANNED.  THEN MY OTHER DAUGHTER SAID LET

          24   ME GO AND FIND OUT.  LET ME TALK TO TIG.  SHE WENT TO TALK

          25   TO TIG.  WHY ARE YOU GOING THERE.  SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW

          26   YOU, SO THEY SAID TO MY DAUGHTER YOU CAN'T COME IN; WE HAVE

          27   YOUR PICTURE ON THE WALL.  SO I SAID, WHAT, SHE PERFORMED

          28   THERE BEFORE A FEW TIMES.  AND I WILL TELL YOU --


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           1             THE COURT:  WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THAT AFTER SHE

           2   GOT BANNED, SHE WENT TO GO THERE TO TALK TO TIG?

           3             HENYA SPITZBERG:  NO, I WANTED TO TALK TO TIG.

           4             THE COURT:  YOU WANTED TO TALK TO TIG?

           5             HENYA SPITZBERG: I WANTED TO TALK TO TIG.

           6             THE COURT:  DID YOU EVER TALK TO TIG?

           7             HENYA SPITZBERG:  NO.

           8             THE COURT:  "TIG" MEANING MS. NOTARO?

           9             HENYA SPITZBERG:  YES.

          10             MS. SPITZBERG:  SOMETHING OCCURRED --

          11             THE COURT:  STOP, STOP.

          12             HENYA SPITZBERG:  I'M TALKING --

          13             THE COURT:  ANYTHING ELSE, MA'AM?

          14             HENYA SPTIZBERG:  I WANTED TO FIND OUT WHY IS SHE

          15   DOING THAT.  SHE'S A COMEDIAN, YOUR HONOR, AND SHE'S

          16   BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT COMEDIAN.  AND SUDDENLY SHE BUILD UP A

          17   WHOLE CASE AGAINST HER, AND DON'T EVEN KNOW HER.  I NEVER

          18   INTERFERED IN WHAT HAPPENED, EVER.  LARGO HAPPEN.  I DIDN'T

          19   GO IN, BUT WHEN SECOND AND THIRD TIME -- IT'S MALICIOUS,

          20   LIBEL AND CAN'T STAND.  AND I JUST DECIDE I HAVE TO TALK TO

          21   TIG.

          22             THE COURT:  OKAY.

          23             HENYA SPITZBERG:  THEY CAME AND WELCOMED ME WITH

          24   GREAT SNEERS.

          25             MS. SPITZBERG:  THEY MADE FUN OF HER AGE.

          26             THE COURT:  EVERYBODY STOP.  NOW I'M GOING TO

          27   MAKE SOME ORDERS.  I WANT EVERYBODY TO LISTEN CAREFULLY

          28   BECAUSE I'VE LISTENED.  MS. SPITZBERG, I'M GOING TO MAKE


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           1   SOME ORDERS NOW, AND IF YOU VIOLATE THESE ORDERS, YOU CAN

           2   BE ARRESTED, YOU CAN BE PROSECUTED, SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT

           3   THAT YOU FOLLOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M GOING TO SAY.

           4             YOU ARE NOT --

           5             MS. SPITZBERG:  YOUR HONOR, I NEED A CONTINUANCE.

           6   I HAVE SO MANY WITNESSES.

           7             THE COURT:  THAT'S FINE.  YOU ARE NOT THAT

           8   HARASS, ATTACK, STRIKE, THREATEN, ASSAULT, HIT, FOLLOW,

           9   STALK, DESTROY THE PERSONAL PROPERTY OF, KEEP UNDER

          10   SURVEILLANCE OR BLOCKED THE MOVEMENTS OF MS. NOTARO.  YOU

          11   ARE NOT TO CONTACT HER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY,  BY

          12   TELEPHONE, BY SENDING MESSAGES, MAIL OR EMAIL.  YOU MUST

          13   STAY ONE HUNDRED YARDS AWAY FROM HER, HER HOME, HER PLACE

          14   OF EMPLOYMENT.  IF SHE'S PERFORMING IN ANY CLUBS, YOU NEED

          15   TO BE A ONE HUNDRED YARDS AWAY.  IF YOU COME WITHIN A

          16   HUNDRED YARDS, YOU CAN BE ARRESTED.  IT'S IMPORTANT THAT

          17   YOU KNOW THAT.

          18             THE ORDER WILL BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND IT

          19   WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.  IT WILL

          20   EXPIRE ON MAY 27TH, 2011.

          21             WHAT IS THE CLOSEST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY?

          22             MS. NOTARO:  I'M IN VENICE.

          23             THE COURT:  LAPD.  ALL RIGHT.  THAT WILL BE THE

          24   ORDER.

          25             MS. SPITZBERG:  YOUR HONOR, THIS IS COMPLETELY

          26   INJUST.

          27             THE COURT:  I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU THINK THAT.

          28   YOU SEE THE CLERK.


                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296

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           1             MS. SPITZBERG:  IS THERE AN APPEAL I CAN HAVE?

           2             THE COURT:  YES, MA'AM.

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                                BUFORD J. JAMES, CSR 9296




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