Citigroup’s defense against fraud charges brought by Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd., over the private equity fund’s 2007 purchase of EMI Group Ltd., was interrupted yesterday when the lead lawyer for Citigroup asked that a juror be removed because she was associated with an anti-capitalist film directed by provocateur Michael Moore.

Although attorney Theodore Wells said Southern District Judge Jed S. Rakoff should remove juror Donna Gianell because of her involvement with the movie “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Ms. Gianell was actually dismissed because she spoke to other jurors about the case in a courthouse elevator.

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