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GRUNER & JAHR EXEC BREAKS DOWN ON WITNESS STAND

CMO Describes Breast Cancer Insult by Rosie O'Donnell

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- In the most dramatic moment so far in the Rosie O'Donnell trial, Judge Ira Gammerman temporarily adjourned the proceeding this morning
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after a top executive at Gruner & Jahr Publishing USA broke down while describing how she had been the target of a breast cancer insult by Ms. O'Donnell.

Today is the fourth day of the acrimonious court battle between Gruner & Jahr and Ms. O'Donnell, its former publishing partner in Rosie magazine.

Late-night call
On the witness stand, Cindy Spengler, G&J's chief marketing officer and a breast cancer survivor, had been describing a late-night phone call she said she had with Ms. O'Donnell. She said Ms. O'Donnell accused her of being dishonest and said: "Do you know what happens to people who lie? They get sick and they get cancer."

As she spoke, Ms. Spengler was visibly struggling to compose herself.

Ms. Spengler said she asked if Ms. O'Donnell's mother had had breast cancer and if she had been lying. She said Ms. O'Donnell said "Yes," and that her mother had lied about a person responsible forĀ an unspecified "incident" that occurred in Ms. O'Donnell's childhood.

Shortly thereafter, Ms. Spengler was unable to continue and Judge Gammerman called an adjournment.

'A terrible thing'
Outside the courtroom, Ms. O'Donnell's spokeswoman called the remark "a terrible thing [Ms. O'Donnell] said [to Ms. Spengler], that she will always regret."

When asked about the childhood incidents that Ms. Spengler had referred to in her testimony, the spokeswoman said she would not go into the specifics of Ms. O'Donnell's personal life.

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