Like Steven Segal in 1991, Sharon Osbourne is out for justice.
But unlike Gino Felino, the character portrayed by the karate champ turned actor, she's not looking to settle the dispute that took place in a West Hollywood, California, restaurant last week with martial arts. Neither is she taking the matter to a court of law. Rather, she's about to bring the case before the court of public opinion.
Osbourne is set to appear on the television show "Celebrity Justice" Tuesday (April 15), according to a network spokesperson, to tell her version of how an altercation with a talent agent left her with a fist-size bruise on the left side of her face.
"I honestly thought my jaw was broken," Osbourne says on the program. "After the swing, the next thing [I remember thinking] was 'my jaw is broken ... my jaw is broken.' I have really bad pain here in the side of my jaw, and my neck is still bad."
Osbourne suffered a dislocated jaw, chipped tooth and sprained neck Thursday, according to her publicist, when Renee Tab, a woman with whom she's been feuding since New Year's Day over possession of a $15,000 diamond necklace, allegedly punched her. Osbourne was then taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries (see "Sharon Osbourne, Necklace Raffle Winner Scuffle In Restaurant").
Tab, an employee with talent agency International Creative Management, maintains that Osbourne started the altercation. In a statement given to the program by her lawyer, Tab claims that Osbourne confronted her on the way back from the restroom, spit in her face and then hit her.
"Celebrity Justice" contacted two witnesses who support Osbourne's claim that Tab was the one who hit first.
Police were summoned to Koi, a Japanese restaurant in West Hollywood, where they took statements from both women and later sent a report on the incident to the city attorney's office. At press time, no charges have been levied against either woman.
"Celebrity Justice" airs Tuesday on NBC. Check local listings for times.