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Trial Against Sharon Osbourne To Begin Wednesday

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Sharon Osbourne (credit: AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Jury selection in the trial between Sharon Osbourne and a former contestant on “Rock of Love Charm School” over battery claims will begin Wednesday, but a judge Tuesday urged both sides to try to settle the case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham A. Khan said he was willing to
meet with Osbourne, plaintiff Megan Hauserman and their attorneys tomorrow to try to resolve the case before a jury panel is called. However, Osbourne’s attorney, Howard L. Weitzman, said the two sides are “six figures away” in their estimates of Hauserman’s damages.

Hauserman’s lawyer, Roderick L. Lindblom, said the evidence of the harm
to his client will be demonstrated by showing the jury the video from the show.

“You watch this tape, it’s pretty horrific,” Lindblom said. “I want to put on evidence and ask a jury to award money.”

Osbourne is facing battery and negligent infliction of emotional distress charges. Hauserman alleges Osbourne hit her, pulled her hair and scratched her after the two exchanged insults in December 2008. However, according to Osbourne’s countersuit, Hauserman assumed the risk of injury while taking part in “Charm School” and breached her part of the agreement by suing.

Lindblom said Osbourne, 58, will be the first witness he calls to testify.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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