Sultan of Brunei's brother fights to keep sex statue pics out of NY trial
New York, Nov 04 (ANI): The brother of the Sultan of Brunei has asked the judge overseeing his upcoming civil trial against his former attorneys to ban jurors from seeing pictures of statues that portray him having sex.
Prince Jefri, 55, a hard partying playboy, has through his lawyers asked the judge not to let the Manhattan jury view pictures of the "erotic statues" he kept on his 11 million dollar Long Island estate.
Mark Cymrot, the lawyer for the British attorneys, said there are four statues in all, which Jefri had commissioned from renowned artist J. Seward Johnson.
One depicts the prince, another is of one of his fiances, and the other two are "graphic" depictions of them having sex.
"They make me blush," the New York Post quoted Cymrot as saying.
He maintains they're important pieces of evidence for his clients, who Jefri says swindled him out of millions while working for him between 2004 and 2006.
The married lawyers, Thomas Derbyshire and Faith Zaman, say they were faithful employees, and the prince is stiffing them on the cash he owes them for their work.
In court filings, Jefri said he wants Judge Ira Gammerman to bar evidence regarding his wealth, and his personal life, including how many wives he has.
"As a Moslem, Prince Jefri was entitled to have multiple wives and families, and he did so," his filing said.
"However, polygamy is offensive to many Americans, and trial testimony about Prince Jefri's personal life may be prejudicial to him," it stated.
The pictures of the statues should also be excluded because "jurors easily could be offended by their erotic nature" and "express their anger as prejudice against Prince Jefri", the papers added. (ANI)
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