Jury Clears Evangelist's Wife

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 14, 2008 4:07 PM CDT
Victoria Osteen, right, departs court in Houston during a noon break Wednesday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The wife of televangelist Joel Osteen did not assault a flight attendant during an angry tirade over a stain on her first-class seat, a jury ruled today. Jurors rejected Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown's claims that Victoria Osteen threw her against a bathroom door and elbowed her while attempting to rush the cockpit because she was angry that a stain on her seat's armrest was not quickly cleaned up.

"I'm glad it's over," said Victoria Osteen. "I expected it because it's the truth and I know the truth always stands firm." Brown was suing for at least $405,000 for physical and mental pain. Osteen testified that it was Brown who became angry when she complained about the stain.
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