Since Michael Ovitz is in the news right now courtesy of the Pellicano trial, I thought this Rush & Molloy item might amuse: Lunching at that NYC media feeding trough Michael’s, the one-time showbiz power (now pariah) was introduced to Tab Turner, a top Arkansas product-liability lawyer who filed and won a famous class action lawsuit against Ford that’s being made into a movie. So Ovitz handed Turner a $1 bill and said, “You’re now on retainer, and you can’t sue me.” Turner handed the buck back to Ovitz, who handed it to Turner, who handed it to Ovitz, who finally put it back into his pocket. This is the same gimmick Ovitz used on Bert Fields 30 years ago. Some people never change.
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