Witnesses Deny Any Assault in Osteen Trial

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Several witnesses say they never saw nor heard the wife of evangelist Joel Osteen assault a Continental flight attendant in 2005.

Attendant Sharon Brown claims that Victoria Osteen attacked her over a spill on the armrest of her first-class seat when it was not cleaned up quickly.

But three first-class passengers on the plane, called by Brown's attorneys, testified Wednesday that they heard and saw no such thing.

"There wasn't anything that occurred that she could be suing over," said Laura Knoppe, who was sitting in the first row of first-class seats, closest to where Brown said the attack took place.

Passenger Barbara Shedden told jurors that Osteen pointed at Brown, but never touched her.

"I would have seen it," Shedden said.

Shedden's testimony was echoed by several witnesses, including two other passengers, another flight attendant, and the flight captain.

Continental Captain William Burnett testified that he would have called the police if any of the flight attendants had been shoved by Osteen.

"She didn't say a word about it," Burnett said. "There was no altercation."

He said Osteen was "animated," but not yelling.

Earlier Wednesday, Brown's attorney, Reginald McKamie, rested his case.

Brown is asking for an apology and 10 percent of Victoria Osteen's net worth. The case is expected to wrap up Thursday.

Sources: The Associated Press, Houston Chronicle

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