TAMPA - The judge in the defamation trial between radio personalities Todd "MJ" Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem abruptly canceled testimony for Thursday. He did not specify a reason.
The judge then summoned attorneys for both sides to a closed door meeting. There was no word on what was to be discussed.
Testimony was scheduled to last only until noon.
While court was briefly in session Thursday morning, there was no mention of the overnight DUI arrest of Schnitt's attorney, Charles Campbell.
He was arrested at Cass and Tampa streets around 10 p.m. Wednesday night and released on bail around 6 a.m. Thursday.
Schnitt is suing Bubba for alleged defamatory statements against him and his wife Michelle.
The lawsuit states that Bubba implied Schnitt's wife, a former assistant state attorney, pushed for animal cruelty charges after Bubba killed a boar on a live broadcast.
Schnitt claims Clem encouraged his fans to antagonize him and he says this ruined his reputation. He is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
Testimony will resume Friday at 9 a.m. Schnitt's wife is expected on the stand.
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