A hologram producer and a former employee who sued him for sexual harassment repeatedly sparred Thursday as the businessman cross-examined his ex-account executive, bringing yet more warnings from the trial judge who fined the entrepreneur $2,000 on Wednesday for his outbursts in court.
“I wish that you could see how I feel,” an angry Alki David told the plaintiff, Elizabeth Taylor.
“I wish that you could see how I feel, too,” the 32-year-old woman replied.
David is representing himself in the Los Angeles Superior Court trial and is therefore entitled to personally question his accuser. Lawyer Ellyn Garofalo, on behalf of David’s companies, completed her cross-examination of Taylor earlier Thursday.
Some of the most intense exchanges came during objections to David’s questions by one of Taylor’s attorneys, Arick Fudali, who told Judge Christopher Lui that his client is “legitimately scared of Mr. David.”
David repeatedly told Fudali before finishing his objection to sit down and stop interrupting him. Those responses brought a rebukes from the judge, who issued warnings to David again during a recess. The interactions between David, Taylor and her lawyers also drew sighs from the court reporter, who appeared exasperated while trying to make an accurate record with more than one person speaking.
David also had a brief exchange with members of lead plaintiff’s attorney Lisa Bloom’s firm in the gallery, prompting lawyer Alan Goldstein to tell the judge, “He called me a (epithet) idiot.”
During another interaction with the Bloom staff, David told them, “This is such a sordid little game you horrible people do.”
For her part, Taylor left no doubt about her feelings toward David both as his employee and currently.
“I was scared and terrified of you, just like I am now,” Taylor said.
Taylor repeatedly objected to answering David’s inquiries into where she currently resides. When asked, she said only that her studio apartment is in Los Angeles and that her mother took out a mortgage on her home to pay her daughter’s rent.
“I just don’t want him to know where I live,” Taylor said.
Her answer prompted a mocking reply by David.
“Come on, don’t be ridiculous,” he said.
David also asked Taylor if she had sued other people. Taylor replied that she had not.
“I have never taken personal legal action against anyone except you,” Taylor testified.
At one point, a flustered Taylor answered a question posed to her by David by saying, “Mr. David, I think you’re making a mockery of what happened to me.”
Taylor, who worked for David’s companies Hologram USA and FilmOnTV, previously 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. The fine imposed on him Wednesday by the judge was for what Lui said were the defendant’s repeated violations of court orders to cease lashing out at Taylor and Bloom, to stop interrupting the judge and to cease using profanity.