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Bubba-MJ trial: Both sides rest case

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Both sides in the Bubba 'the Love Sponge Clem'-Todd "MJ" Schnitt defamation trial rested their cases Tuesday, but not before jurors heard another layer of accusations.

They were launched by a woman – known in the radio world as Jabber Jaw – who worked for both parties. In her testimony, she made accusations that MJ was taking bribes on his morning show, or what's better known as payola – plugging businesses on the air in exchange for goods and services.

She claimed that MJ would get her to record air checks from his show and send it to businesses. But his attorneys quickly fired back, attacking her testimony.

In one instance, she said MJ told her to pick up a computer from Comp USA.

"Was it a Clear Channel laptop, or Mr. Schnitt's laptop?" an attorney for Bubba asked.

"I believe it was Mr. Schnitt's laptop," she replied.

"Did Mr. Schnitt, did you observe Mr. Schnitt actually have a computer at Clear Channel?" the attorney asked.

"No, I did not," she said.

"Did he have a laptop at Clear Channel?" his questioning continued.

"No, he did not," she replied.

"Were you ever provided … any money or information as to pay for this laptop to pay for this servicing that you picked up? She was asked.

"No money was exchanged, no," she said.

However, MJ's attorneys got her to admit that she did not know all the Clear Channel contacts and advertisers that they had, and there was no way of knowing if Comp USA was even a client.

"Your allegation in regards to Comp USA basically is founded upon you picking up Mr. Schnitt's computer at Comp USA and not having to pay anything directly to Comp USA, is that right?" MJ's attorney asked.

"Correct," she replied. "Sometimes when I would have to pay he would send me with his credit card, his black card or cash or something like that."

"OK, do you know whether the computer you were picking up was actually a Clear Channel computer?" the attorney questioned.

"I do not believe it was," she said.

"Do you know that?"

"No, I don't know ... To the best of my knowledge he did not have a Clear Channel computer," she said. "He didn't have one in his office, either," Jabber Jaw said.

"Did he ever tell you it was his personal computer?" the attorney questioned.

"No, not that I can recall," she said.

Jabber Jaw said the company had a policy about payola, but the jury questioned why she never then reported it. She said she didn't out of fear.

When court reconvened after lunch, Clem's attorneys rested their case and Schnitt's team briefly recalled cast member 'Hurricane' back to the stand to refute some of Jabber Jaw's testimony before resting their case as well.

The judge sent the jury home for the afternoon. Closing arguments will take place Wednesday.

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