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Robert Durst testifies that Susan Berman counsel he rent PR agency after Kathie Durst’s 1982 disappearance

New York real-estate tycoon Robert Durst testified Wednesday at his Los Angeles homicide trial that his pal Susan Berman, who Durst is accused of murdering, urged he rent a PR agency after his spouse, Kathie Durst, disappeared in 1982.

Previous to situations of unflattering reporting following his spouse’s disappearance, Durst stated he was “getting telephone calls” from reporters, and Berman urged he rent a PR company.

“I used to be saying, ‘No remark,’” Durst, 78, stated on the stand Thursday for the third time this week in a uncommon transfer for a defendant charged with homicide. “Susan Berman stated that what I ought to do is rent a PR company.”

New York real estate scion Robert Durst, 78, answers questions from defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, left, while testifying in his murder trial at the Inglewood Courthouse on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

New York actual property scion Robert Durst, 78, solutions questions from protection legal professional Dick DeGuerin, left, whereas testifying in his homicide trial on the Inglewood Courthouse on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Occasions through AP, Pool)

Durst had defined earlier in his testimony that a number of the preliminary press overlaying his spouse’s disappearance within the 1980s “associated” the story, which he urged was “gossip” reasonably than severe reporting, to criticism of his established Manhattan household’s determination to purchase property in Occasions Sq. that featured pornographic shops, occasion areas and different properties, particularly naming The New York Submit.

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He added that the aim of his household’s purchases was to “clear” Occasions Sq., which he described as “a pornographic catastrophe” on the time.

“However within the meantime, in case you purchased a constructing and there was an grownup bookstore there that had a 10-year lease, you discovered your self proudly owning an grownup bookstore,” he stated.

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Durst continued to say that Berman referred to as him after she learn the Submit’s article, describing her perspective towards the article as, “Poor Bobby, that is horrible.”

The true property inheritor is charged with killing Berman, who was shot at the back of the top in her Los Angeles dwelling in December 2000. He has pleaded not responsible to homicide, although prosecutors allege that the millionaire tried to silence Berman, earlier than she might give police any data relating to his alleged position in Kathie Durst’s vanishing. Police allege that Berman performed a job in serving to Durst cowl up Kathie Durst’s disappearance.

Prosecutors share photo of Robert Durst (left), Susan Berman (middle) and Kathie Durst (right) at Robert Durst's Aug. 11 murder trial. (Fox News)

Prosecutors share picture of Robert Durst (left), Susan Berman (center) and Kathie Durst (proper) at Robert Durst’s Aug. 11 homicide trial. (Fox Information)

Kathie Durst was 29 when she didn’t return dwelling in 1982, and authorities finally declared her useless in 2017.

The defendant was additionally charged with killing his Galveston, Texas, neighbor Morris Black whereas he was in hiding there after Berman’s disappearance. 

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Throughout his 2003 homicide trial, he stated Black was by accident killed in a wrestle after coming into Durst’s house with a gun. He admitted to dismembering and disposing of Black’s physique. The jury acquitted him of homicide.

It took practically 15 years for police to arrest the New York actual property inheritor in Berman’s killing and one other 5 to convey him to trial, which was additional delayed over the past yr as a result of COVID-19.

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The murder trial involving Berman is ongoing in California, and New York lately reopened its investigation into Kathie Durst’s disappearance. 

Fox Information’ Laura Prabucki in Los Angeles contributed to this report as did The Related Press.

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