Now that a judge has rejected Prince Andrew’s bid to have his civil sex assault case dismissed, it looks like the sweatless pizzaphile is inching ever closer to trial. Which means we’re likely to see a bit more of his legal team too.
Acting for the Duke is Andrew Brettler of Lavely & Singer: a firm best known for its work representing the great and good of Hollywood. L&S earned a fearsome reputation among showbiz journalists in the 90s and 00s for firing off spicy threats (known in the trade as ‘Singer Zingers’) on behalf of A-listers like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen, Kim Kardashian and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Their most legendary success came when arguing a case for Entourage star Jeremy Piven. Piven had pulled out of a Broadway production of Speed The Plow in 2008, four months into a six-month contract – citing mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi.
Initially the show’s producers couldn’t understand how Piven could simultaneously be too sick to perform in their show, yet also well enough to attend the Golden Globes and a friend’s birthday party at a swanky New York club – but somehow L&S managed to convince them.
Whether they can work the same magic with a Pizza Express menu remains to be seen…