Actress Uma Thurman appeared in Manhattan court on Jan. 12.
Actress Uma Thurman and her baby daddy, French financier Arpad Busson, will not be allowed to fight over finances and the custody of their 4-year-old daughter in a closed courtroom proceeding, a Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday.
Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said the child’s lawyer, Virginia Lopreto, and Thurman’s attorney, Eleanor Alter, had failed to give him a "compelling" reason to seal the courtroom.
Cooper said state law and New York’s chief judge require courtroom to be open unless a lawyer can provide a "compelling reason" to close it.
He said the only thing different about this case is that the parents are “rich and famous.”
The lawyers argued that a psychiatric forensic report on the child and her parents should not be aired in public — particularly given the high level of publicity in this case.
“I have read the forensic report and it says nothing [bad] about the child. Whatever trouble that comes out of it has to deal with the parents," Cooper said. “The only problem in this case is that the parents don’t like each other.”
Alter said there is a discussion in the report of "third parties that is detrimental.” She did not elaborate.
Lopreto said it would "defeat the purpose" of their motion if they discussed the forensic report in detail Thursday when lawyers for the Daily News and another media outlet argued to keep the trial open.
The week-long trial is set to start Friday morning.
The parents are battling over custody and financial issues.
Busson’s lawyer Peter Bronstein said his client was "not happy” about the prospect of an open discussion of his finances but he opposed the move to close the trial to the public.
He noted that Busson is a French citizen with homes in the Bahamas and London and wants to be able to spend time with his daughter where he lives and not just in Manhattan where Thurman lives.
“The question here is whether foreign dads have rights. … If he is going to be denied his rights, he should be denied his rights in public,” Bronstein said.
Alter said the problem with keeping the proceeding open is that the children of the parties are forever able to read about their parents on the internet.
Cooper said he shares the lawyers’ concerns for the children but “unfortunately that is the product of what happens when you decide to litigate.”
Busson, 52, was not in court for the argument. Thurman, 46, was and showed no reaction to the judge’s ruling. Waiting for her lawyer to come out of a private pow wow between the judge and all the attorneys, she sat quietly with her eyes closed and her hands in her lap.
“What can I do?” she said with a shrug as she left the courtroom.
This article was sourced from http://newsjuly2016.com