Visnews filmed June 11 American pianist Liberace, columnist William "Cassandra" Connor of the Daily Mirror, and counsel, leaving London's Law Courts after the fourth day in the Liberace libel suit, which has created world wide newspaper headlines.
Visnews filmed June 11 American pianist Liberace, columnist William "Cassandra" Connor of the Daily Mirror, and counsel, leaving London's Law Courts after the fourth day in the Liberace libel suit, which has created world wide newspaper headlines. Film also shows the Finsbury Park Theatre where Liberace is currently appearing.
The action for alleged libel, brought by Liberace against newspaper columnist "Sassandra", arises from two articles appearing in the Daily Mirror', London National paper, two years ago. Appearing for Liberace is Gilbert Beyfue, Q.C. and for Cassandra and his newspaper, Gerald Gardiner Q.C. Hearing the case is Mr. Justice Salmon.
Liberace, famous in the world of show business for his piano-playing, candelabra and eye catching clothes, objects especially to the article referring to him as the summit of sex. The pinnacle of masculine, feminine and neuter, everything that he, she or it can ever want!.. and as "deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium plated, scent-impregnated,luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-heap of mother love". This description alleges his counsel suggests that Liberace is homosexual, which he denies. For Cassandra the defence admits publication of the articles but maintains that they were true statement of fact and the expression of opinions were fair comment. They deny that the word were a serious attack on Liberace's morals.
During the case which is expected to last a week, several personalities in show business have taken the stand.
Each day's hearing has provided the biggest news-story of the week for most London Papers - ousting the conference at Geneva. Even some of the more sober-minded newspapers have given extensive space to the libel-suit.