According to the Houston Chronicle, a judge has denied former hand surgeon Michael Brown's petition to be released from jail early from a 180-day sentence imposed for violating court orders surrounding his pending divorce from his fourth wife.
Brown claims his business needs attention, infection from e coli
In a court hearing, Brown's attorneys claimed that the former hand surgeon's chain of hand surgery centers needed his personal attention, according to the Houston Chronicle, because it is currently being reorganized and its finances reviewed. Brown is also claiming that he suffered a bout of E. coli poisoning while in jail. District Judge Sheri Dean has denied the petition, suggesting that Brown is "sucking wind" rather than complying with the court's orders.
Brown in jail for violations of court orders surrounding his divorce from wife number four
Brown, who has been in trouble with the law periodically for over the past decade, was sentenced to a 180-day jail term, according to KHOU TV, for six counts of contempt. The contempt citations concern failure to pay child support and unauthorized high dollar purchases against court orders.
Brown accused of choking a flight attendant
It is also noted that he is still in trouble for allegedly choking a flight attendant during a flight between London and Miami in January. The Houston Chronicle reported that Brown claimed at the time that he had a "negative reaction" to alcohol and insomnia medication. He is also accused of making rude, sexual comments and attempting to strip his clothes off. He faces a six-month jail sentence if convicted on the charge of intimidating and interfering with the duties of a flight attendant, a federal crime, though not of assault.
Brown accused of beating his fourth wife and lost his medical license for cocaine abuse
The Houston Chronicle story about the flight attendant incident also notes that Brown was accused of, and acquitted of, beating his fourth wife, Rachel Brown in 2011. In 2006, Brown lost his license to practice medicine because he had tested positive for cocaine use. He retains control of his carpel tunnel clinics, the Brown Hand Centers, which has been the source of his wealth.
Brown the source of media scrutiny for over a decade
The Houston Press notes, in a series of stories dating back to 2002, how Brown's various legal and personal troubles have been a fodder for the Houston media for over a decade. Brown was once famous for a series of wholesome TV ads that touted his hand centers, featuring his own children.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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