By  on March 7, 2013

Charles Koppelman, ex-chairman and former chief executive officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, set the courtroom on fire for his brief, yet eye-opening testimony Thursday morning.

The self professed "singer then songwriter" told the court that he got into the fashion business when he was approached by Steve Madden on a golf course in the late Nineties.

"In 1997, Steve asked me if he could borrow $3 million. I only played golf with him three times, so I thought that was a little extreme," said Koppelman matter-of-factly. Against the advice of his accountant, he lent Madden the money, which helped him get his brand off the ground.

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