Cross examination angers comedian
Chris Rock made a brief — and fitfully combative — appearance at the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping trial Friday morning.The comedian, testifying about Pellicano’s investigation into a pregnancy claim by a model in 1999, was admonished by the judge to speak up when he first got on the stand, and began answering the questions of prosecutor Daniel Saunders in a subdued manner. But he really started to bristle during defense attorney Chad Hummel’s cross examination. Rock had testified that he sought Pellicano’s services at the advice of his attorney when a one-night stand kept insisting that he was father of her child. When Hummel referred to Rock’s “belief” that he was not the father, the comedian got visibly annoyed. “That was not a belief of mine,” Rock clarified. “It was true.” When Hummel then probed why Rock thought the model’s claims were a shakedown, he replied: “Someone who was not pregnant with my child claimed to be pregnant with my child and requested large sums of money.” After Rock left the packed courtroom, the feds played a one minute excerpt of a conversation between the comedian and the P.I. in which the P.I. read from a police report filed by the supposed mother of his child against Rock.