The flight attendant and the televangelist’s wife

by Walter Olson on August 8, 2008

We express no opinion as to exactly how badly Victoria Osteen, wife of a celebrated evangelical minister, may have behaved on that Continental Airlines flight in 2005; “The Federal Aviation Administration fined [her] $3,000 for interfering with a crew member.” Readers keep writing in, however, to call our attention to the financial demands that flight attendant Sharon Brown is making in her lawsuit, which just went to trial. It seems Brown wants compensation not only for such things as hemorrhoids and damage to her religious faith but also, by way of punishment, “10 percent of Victoria Osteen’s net worth”. Wouldn’t we all! (“Joel Osteen’s Wife on Trial in Flight Attendant Assault”, AP/, Aug. 7).

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Update: Jury Rejects Flight Attendant’s Claim
08.14.08 at 3:46 pm


1 Joe Bingham 08.08.08 at 10:39 am

Ha! A tithe. How appropriate.

2 Bill Poser 08.08.08 at 1:03 pm

What class did Jesus fly?

3 Ken 08.08.08 at 1:04 pm

I knew it was only a matter of time before lawyers found the appropriate terminology to seek redress for a defendant being a pain in the ass.

4 Richard Nieporent 08.08.08 at 2:00 pm

This lawsuit can’t be for real. Not even the Onion could have thought up anything as bizarre as this.

Brown claims that she suffers from anxiety and hemorrhoids because of the incident involving Victoria Osteen and said her faith was affected.

Brown wants an apology and punitive damages amounting to 10 percent of Victoria Osteen’s net worth as part of her suit.

How about an apology and a lifetime supply of Preparation H?

5 Todd Rogers 08.08.08 at 6:49 pm

Need I remind you, Richard, about strangeness, truth, and fiction? I can only take a stab, and a distant one at that. Defendant: Wealthy (and thus prejudged upon discovery), perhaps haughty (and/or had a sh*tty day) and acted foolishly to outright stupidly. Plaintiff: not wealthy but wishes she was, sensitive, and perhaps over-exposed to the likes of defendant. Lawsuit: You acted like a bitch, I have hemroids, anxiety issues, and no money. Trial/settlement: Your money becomes mine (minus a third for my lawyer). I tell media, “It’s not about the money – someone needs to make me whole.” Defendant cries on cue, eye make-up bleeds like previously seen televangelist’s spouse.

6 michele 08.11.08 at 11:08 pm

Well, well, well, here we go. The minute they think you have money off they go. The golddiggers of the court. Isn’t our frivilous lawsuit system great. These Pro Se’s just keep on wrecking people’s lives. Boy have I seen this in court. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they commit fraud. Anything for a buck. No shame at all. I’ve had 2 court cases with these types. They want someone to pay their way in society. They are golddiggers. This is their form of a baseball bat in the mouth. Our courts are turning into a circus for money grubbers who look for anyone to sue. Or ruin if they can’t get what they want. We had a guy in our neighborhood who was suing all his peers for this kind of thing. I’m not sure the District Attorney shouldn’t show up in court and charge these people with fraud and extortion. This is not justice. It’s crime right in the court. Now if a lawyer did this they would sanction his license or suspend it, but if a Pro Se does it, they are just plain clever. The courts are for justice, not for crime. If not then why continue teaching our society the difference between right and wrong, or why do we have police officers if we are going to back crime in our courts. They are just spinning their wheels working for our society if we are going to back cheap criminals. The courts need to go back to their original intent and warn these people, as they warn the officers of the court……….lawyers.

7 cherrie 09.01.08 at 6:01 am

Does anyone of the Board of Directors at Continental Airlines, serve as a Board Member at Lakewood Church?

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