The mystery surrounding recluse American multi-millionaire Howard Hughes deepened yesterday (Tuesday). While the court battle?
SV Robert Maheu and others into court (2 shots)
CU Maheu speaks
LV & CU Levar Myler into court (2 shots)
CU Myler speaks
SEQ. 2: MAHEU: "I wanted to make sure that I would have an opportunity to determine a). the reason for the sudden disappearance; b). the reason for an action which is so unlike Mr. Hughes; and c). hopefully have an opportunity to talk or hear from him directly. I hope to find that he is well, because I am very much concerned about his welfare."
QUESTION: "How could that be turned off? How would you be satisfied, other than by physically finding him yourself?"
MAHEU: "A telephone call from Mr. Hughes at this very moment would satisfy me."
SEQ. 4: MYLER: "He is in good health, he is well, he has complete control of his mental faculties, there's no question."
QUESTION: "And you say this as a man who has known him for a long time."
MYLER: "For twenty years."
"QUESTION: "How long ago did you leave him?"
MYLER: "A week ago last Friday."
QUESTION: "And he was in the Bahamas, well.....?"
MYLER: "I said he was well."
Initials AH/JH/OS/2223 AH/JH/DS/2232
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Background: The mystery surrounding recluse American multi-millionaire Howard Hughes deepened yesterday (Tuesday). While the court battle between top executives in the Hughes empire continued in Las Vegas, two of the chief witnesses gave news men conflicting views on the Hughes mystery.
On one hand, Levar Myler, one of Hughes' special assistants, claims to have seen Hughes almost daily for 20 years and that he is in good health. On the other, executive Robert Maheu said he was "concerned for the welfare" of Mr. Hughes.
The court battle centres on Mr. Maheu's fight ton remain head of Hughes' 30 million dollar (12 million sterling) Nevada operations. He is demanding the personal confirmation of Mr. Hughes to uphold a bid by executives of a parent company to fire him from his post:
Testimony in court has revealed that none of Hughes' top executives have seen him in the last four years - only his five personal assistants. One of them, Mr. Myler, said he was with Hughes a week ago: