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Lawyers clash on mental competency of media mogul Redstone

Lawyers on both sides agree that ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone was being manipulated in the months before he expelled a longtime companion from his life late last year.

They disagree, however, on who was trying to control him.

The lawyers laid out their differing accounts Friday during opening statements in Los Angeles at a trial to determine if the 92-year-old Redstone was mentally competent when he threw his longtime companion Manuela Herzer out of his home in October.

The trial opened with Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan watching videotaped testimony in which Redstone repeatedly used a two-word expletive to refer to Herzer.

A transcript of the...