ROSEANNE CAN’T RECALL READING PACTS
Byline: Kristi Ellis
LOS ANGELES — Roseanne said Tuesday in U.S. District Court here that she couldn’t remember whether she had ever read the sublicense or master agreement for the aborted large-size apparel line that was to carry her name.
“That’s why I have attorneys,” said the TV star who — along with her former husband, Tom Arnold — is suing New York apparel manufacturer Stanley Warner and his company, CelebSales Inc., which was to produce the line.
Roseanne and Arnold sued for breach of contract after Warner failed to make a $250,000 payment in March 1994.
Warner has countersued, charging that a magazine interview with Roseanne contained revelations about her life that he said diminished the value of the clothing line for middle America.
Roseanne, wearing a beige blazer over a long chocolate brown dress, was on the stand for about 10 minutes, playing to a packed courtroom. Under questioning by defense attorney Jed Schlacter, Roseanne claimed that the publicity about a three-way marriage between herself, Arnold and Kim Silver, a production assistant on Roseanne’s TV show, was “a joke.” Warner has alleged this publicity hurt the chances of the line as well.
The three-way marriage idea, she said, was “put out by Tom and me and picked up by the tabloids and blown into a story. It was something that didn’t exist.” Roseanne said the joke was told in front of a studio audience there for a taping of her sitcom.
Arnold was in court during Roseanne’s testimony, accompanied by his current wife, Julie Arnold, and is expected to testify today. Roseanne is also expected to be called back to the stand by her own attorneys.
Another witness Tuesday was Della Olsher, who had been hired on retainer by CelebSales to market the Roseanne Arnold collection and produce a launch fashion show.
Olsher said that although she had contact with Roseanne’s assistants she never talked directly with the TV star, although Olsher tried several times to do so in planning the fashion show.
“You have to have open communication to talk about ideas but there was no open communication. We were not able to operate effectively,” Olsher said.