A judge has thrown out George Harrison's bid to keep his former business manager and partner from declaring bankruptcy, refusing to accept a claim that the musician was too ill to give a local deposit

A judge has thrown out George Harrison's bid to keep his former business manager and partner from declaring bankruptcy, refusing to accept a claim that the musician was too ill to give a local deposition. Harrison's attorneys have asked for a review of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer's ruling and for a new judge, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday (Aug. 29).

Court records show that Harrison was scheduled for a July 10 deposition to support his challenge to the bankruptcy of Denis J. O'Brien, a lawyer and accountant who formerly lived in the St. Louis suburb of Ladue. O'Brien had been Harrison's business manager dating to 1973.

The 58-year-old former Beatle has been trying to protect an $11 million judgment he won in 1996 against O'Brien in a California state lawsuit that alleged mismanagement by O'Brien, who also was his partner in HandMade Films, known for producing the Monty Python film "Life of Brian."

Losses on the film "Cold Dog Soup" prompted Harrison to sue O'Brien, who sought to void the California judgment by filing for bankruptcy protection here last year.

Harrison's lawyers argued that their client was medically unable to give sworn answers to questions from O'Brien's attorneys, having had surgery for lung cancer in March. But three days after the missed deposition, Schermer dismissed Harrison's case, writing that the musician's "disregard" of an order to answer questions was "obviously willful."


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