Brando's Son Silent At Blake Civil Trial
MARLON BRANDO's son refused to answer questions at the civil wrongful death trial against ROBERT BLAKE, who is accused of being responsible for his wife BONNIE LEE BAKLEY's murder.
CHRISTIAN BRANDO was called as a witness yesterday (25OCT05) at the Burbank, California trial, where Bakley's adult children are suing BARETTA star Blake, whose wife was shot to death in his car outside Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City, California, in May 2001.
Blake's lawyers have cited Brando as a possible suspect in the murder, alleging Bakley at one point claimed Brando was the father of her and Blake's daughter ROSIE, who was born in June 2000.
In the stand on Tuesday, Brando confirmed his name, date of birth and agreed his voice was on a tape recording of phone conversations with Bakley.
After admitting he had "met" Bakley, Brando invoked the Fifth Amendment when pressed for information about their relationship. He said he was unaware Bakley had recorded their conversation, but refused to speak further about her.
While Superior Court Judge DAVID M SCHACTER gave Brando leave to invoke the Fifth Amendment on some questions, he was required to answer others, such as admitting he had spent five years behind bars for the manslaughter of his sister's boyfriend DAG DROLLET.
Brando's lawyer BRUCE MARGOLIN says, "He didn't want to take part in this charade that somehow implies he's involved in this matter. He would prefer to have nothing to do with this matter."
In both his criminal and civil trials involving Bakley, Blake has always insisted the killing happened as he returned to Vitello's to collect a handgun he had left behind.
The trial continues.