International Polo Club Palm Beach founder John Goodman, whose role in a car crash that left a 23-year-old man dead last month is still under investigation, was nowhere to be found among those who paid homage to South Florida attorney Roy Black Saturday night.
Funny thing, because when it comes to celebrities attending The Blacks’ Annual Gala in Miami Beach, Black and his wife, Lea, can always count on those he extracted from the criminal justice system.
Girls Gone Wild‘s Joe Francis was one of them. He once had tax and public morals problems, but Black made it all better. So he came to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the big party.
“He wins every case,” Francis said. “His approach is different from other lawyers, partly because he never worked for the government as a prosecutor. He believes in your case 100 percent, and I don’t know any other who does that.”
Three-time Indianapolis 500 and Dancing With The Stars winner Helio Castroneves was there, too. Black got him out of his little tax evasion issue last year.
Goodman, who could soon be facing DUI and manslaughter accusations but hasn’t been charged, was MIA.
And who could blame him?
Black, after all, kicked off the open bar, three-course fiesta with this announcement to the 1,000-plus guests who’d paid up to $1,000 each: “If you guys don’t get drunk and dance on the tables, then this party has failed!”
Spotted at the wingding: Harvard prof Alan Dershowitz; O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark; rapper Rick Ross; shoe designer Lisa Pliner; TV chefs Ron Duprat and Bobby Flay; The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kim Zolciak; poker star Noah Schwartz; Bob Seger saxophonist Alto Reed; Gov. Charlie Crist and his lovely new bride, Carole; singers Natalie Cole, Paulina Rubio and Gloria Estefan; boxer Lennox Lewis; and former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.
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