Sumner Redstone Competency Trial Brings Soap Opera to Courtroom

  • Control of Viacom, CBS holdings could depend on trial outcome
  • Aging mogul's taped testimony won't be shown in open court

Billionaire Sumner Redstone controls a media empire that still broadcasts soap operas like those from the dawn of TV. Starting Friday, the fading mogul’s own saga will spill out in a Los Angeles courtroom like one of those serial dramas: with spurned lovers, a contested will and questions of who’s in charge.

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