A Los Angeles judge Wednesday fined a hologram producer accused of sexual harassment by a former employee $2,000 for repeated outbursts in the courtroom, but the businessman vowed before the penalty was imposed that he would not pay whatever amount was levied upon him.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Christopher Lui told Alki David he had failed to obey orders to stop interrupting him, to cease speaking out of turn and to halt his personal attacks on the plaintiff, Elizabeth Taylor, and her lawyer, Lisa Bloom.
David has repeatedly accused both women of lying, often in front of the jury.
“I told you this has to stop,” Lui said.
But David, saying he was a British citizen and that he “doesn’t need to be here,” said before Lui’s ruling that he has acted the way he has because he is “furious” with both Bloom and Taylor. He said Bloom has falsely accused him of bumping into her in the courtroom, saying it was her fault for any accidental contact they had.
“I’m an extremely good employer and I’m an extremely good man,” David said. “This is a terrific miscarriage of justice.”
David also told the judge, “You can sanction all you want, I won’t pay…”
David also vowed to eventually sue Bloom and her firm for malicious prosecution. He accused Bloom and her mother, Gloria Allred, of “going after” particular defendants.
“You should all be ashamed of yourselves,” David told members of Bloom’s law firm as he walked out of the courtroom.
The entire court proceedings have been monitored for several days by a sheriff’s deputy.
David, who is acting as his own attorney, is scheduled to cross-examine Taylor on Thursday. Taylor has been on the stand for several days and Ellyn Garofalo, an attorney for David’s companies, said she plans to wrap up her questioning on Thursday morning.
Taylor, a former account executive at David’s companies Hologram USA and FilmOnTV, testified that he once picked her up by the ankles and walked her upside down around the office, exposing her underwear. She also said he played an offensive video on her computer and brought a male stripper into the workplace to celebrate a female executive’s birthday.
Taylor said she was hired in January 2015 and fired that June.
Taylor, 32, was a witness in the separate trial in April of co-plaintiff Chasity Jones’ case against David. Jones was awarded $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages. She alleged she was fired for refusing to have sex with David.
David was behind the hologram technology that brought slain rapper Tupac Shakur to Coachella in 2012 and saw the late Michael Jackson moonwalk at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
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