Michael Brown Divorce Case Gets Even Juicier

In court filings, female lawyers representing former hand doctor Michael Brown have accused opposing counsel of making misogynistic statements to them.
Tue May 15, 2012 11:46 pm
AP Photo | Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran

Houstonians were already hanging on every court filing in the divorce case of former hand doctor Michael Brown, but things just got even weirder. Brown’s attorneys filed a motion to sanction Rachel Brown’s lawyer, Marshall Davis Brown Jr., for allegedly making “extreme, outrageous, and sexually-inappropriate statements” to female attorneys on the case.

The Houston Chronicle’s Mike Tolson perhaps summed it up best when he wrote “[f]or anyone who thought the ongoing divorce trial between former hand surgeon Michael Brown and estranged wife Rachel could not get any uglier, recently filed motions in the case show that the well of ugliness might be bottomless.”

In their motion, filed May 4, Marshall Davis Brown, Jr., is accused of saying a string of misogynist things to opposing counsel, including “referring to a female attorney as working for an ‘escort service,’” “asking a female attorney if she wanted him to ‘examine her breasts for lumps,’” and “referring to a female attorney as a ‘c—.’ a ‘flat-chested bitch,’ and a ‘dumb shit.’”

The hand doctor’s lawyers wrote that “the extraordinary nature of these insults” prompted them to take the “admittedly extraordinary step” of asking the court to intervene.

“This conduct demeans the integrity of the judicial process and is an unfair, egregious and inappropriate course of conduct. Moving counsel should be able to do their jobs without constantly bracing for a sexually-explicit volley from Mr. Brown,” the motion says. The lawyers asked the judge to admonish Marshall Davis Brown for his conduct and make him donate $1,000 to the Houston Area Women’s shelter as a sanction.

Marshall Davis Brown fired back in a response filed with the court, rebutting each accusation. He wrote that he “has never referred to any of Dr. Brown’s female attorneys as ‘flat chested’ or ‘c—’ to their face, if indeed such words were conveyed to them it was done so by recitations via their male co-counsel.”

On the claim that he referred to one of Dr. Brown’s lawyers as an escort, Marshall Davis Brown had this to say:

[I] asked Philip Hilder when he appeared at the hotel in Miami with an immodestly dressed woman to whom [I] had not been introduced, if such immodestly attired woman

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