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Karen Feld and Kenny Feld pull rabbi into the family feud

Kevin Spacey greets Shakespeare Theatre Company patron Karen Feld and her dog Campari at a gala in May 2006. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

The feud between Kenny and Karen Feld -- they've been suing each other for 25 years -- has taken yet another twist, this time involving a former Washington Hebrew Congregation rabbi.

Kenny Feld, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus heir, wants Rabbi Joshua Burrows to testify about what happened on a night in 2007 that caused Feld's sister to file a $110 million lawsuit against him. Burrows, now living in New York, doesn't want any part of the ugly family fight and has filed a motion to quash the subpoena.

Burrows's attorney, Jennifer Bougher, told us Wednesday that the rabbi, as a religious figure, feels he must hold what happened in confidence: "Above and beyond that, there were a number of other witnesses there at the same time who aren't clergy."

The warring siblings had reconciled for the first time in years in September that year to sit shiva for their 92-year-old aunt, Shirley Feld, who helped raise them after their mother's death. Things began peacefully enough, but when Burrows asked mourners to share "Shirley stories," things fell apart: Karen alleges that her brother's bodyguards threw her and her toy poodle out of the penthouse, causing a concussion and broken ribs. Kenny denies her claim and said his sister had to be removed because she was behaving irrationally and cursing at the rabbi.

Despite Burrows's resistance, first reported by the New York Post, Kenny Feld thinks the rabbi's testimony is crucial because Karen Feld directed some of her profanities "specifically at Rabbi Burrows, including Plaintiff yelling '[Frack] the Rabbi!' multiple times" and forced the religious service to stop.

Attorneys for neither Felds returned calls for comment. Wednesday night, Karen Feld told us she never met Burrows, much less peppered him with obscenities. "I never laid eyes on the rabbi or spoke to him. It's just not true." She declined to discuss any other specifics of the lawsuit: "I want this case to be tried in the court of law, not the court of public opinion."

Burrows's request is pending with a New York judge.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 11, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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Good use of 'frack', ladies!! We'll get it into the popular lexicon yet!

Posted by: johnsondeb | March 11, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Note to self - do not invite Ms. Feld to be my date at next year's Oscars.

Typically self entitled beatch. The fact that this dumb broad would take her poodle to sit shiva says it all. She is gruesome, truly gruesome!

Posted by: SoCali | March 11, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse


She takes that dog everywhere. I once worked an event that she attended and I distinctly remember the unlucky person who had to tell her that the dog had to go was screamed at for a good ten minutes. If her brother can round up enough people like the "no dogs allowed" guy, he'll win his case easily.

Posted by: DCFem | March 11, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

DCFem - It would seem the brother has already win the case. He got the life, she got her anger and resentments. A bitter, dreadful, old shrew rotten from the inside out. I feel sorry for the dog.

Posted by: SoCali | March 12, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I am not surprised that Kenneth Feld had someone man handle his Sister, he knows that his elephant trainers beat his elephants with a bull hook and hot shot, so why wouldn't he abuse his Sister, this man is one sick Abuser.

Posted by: bylagoon | March 17, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

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