A judge has ordered that Viacom Chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman must give a deposition in an ongoing legal battle over the mental competency of Sumner Redstone.
“Dauman had been trying to avoid providing testimony by arguing that he was not central to the contentious dispute between Redstone and his former companion Manuela Herzer, the Los Angeles Times reports. “Redstone, 92, is the controlling shareholder of Viacom and CBS Corp. Earlier this month, the ailing mogul relinquished his title of executive chairman of the two media companies.”
Dauman, who replaced Herzer in October as the agent overseeing Redstone’s advance healthcare directive, was ordered to testify by New York State Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Freed.
The Times notes: “The judge said that Dauman’s testimony could be shielded from public view, and that Herzer’s lawyers’ questions should focus on Redstone’s healthcare and his mental capacity — not Viacom corporate business, according to a person who attended the court hearing in New York.”