Blake jurors tell judge of Brando signals

Oct. 27, 2005 at 9:45 AM
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BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Marlon Brando's son may face a contempt charge for gesturing to the Burbank, Calif., jury deciding the wrongful death suit against actor Robert Blake.

At least one juror said as Christian Brando left the witness stand Tuesday he pointed to Blake and mouthed guilty, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. Another juror told Los Angeles County Superior Judge David M. Schacter it looked like Brando was saying "he killed her."

Other jurors said it looked like Brando was making some of gesture toward Blake's attorney, Peter Q. Ezzell.

After listening to the jurors Wednesday, Schacter told the attorneys they can decide whether to initiate any kind of legal action against Brando. Ezzell said he would seek a contempt order, the Times said.

Brando repeated invoked the Fifth Amendment during his testimony in the suit filed against Blake by the children of his slain wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. The civil action was filed after the "Baretta" star was acquitted of her 2001 shooting death in criminal court.

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