Glad-Hander No More

Hot-headed PR flack cools off in a jail cell, again

There is a pattern of the flouting of guidelines set down by domestic relations court. He was locked up last year after he called Olson's home to speak with his daughters after the prescribed two-hour window for making such calls. He has been busted for giving his ex a child-support check instead of paying through the court's clearinghouse. He was nailed for having a third party deliver a present to his daughters last Easter.

He's doing it all for love.

Yet the man who hung a painting of an erupting volcano on the wall of his home clearly has a volcanic temper.

David Hans Schmidt
David Hans Schmidt

He was charged with theft after he took a tape recorder from a court-appointed visitation representative.

A service that supervised visits with his daughters refused to schedule any more appointments for him. "Mr. Schmidt used profanity and became very hostile on numerous occasions," the manager of the agency told the court.

When his home was searched after one arrest, police seized two guns, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and found substances used to mask the presence of illegal drugs in urine tests.

"It would appear by the defendant's pattern of disrespectful and belligerent behavior and his lack of respect for the Court's order, that his narcissistic approach continues to negatively impact his court-ordered visitations and his compliance with the domestic relations and criminal Court orders," a probation officer wrote in a December pre-sentence report. "Mr. Schmidt's continued disregard for the Court orders has grown tiresome and is not acceptable."

The probation officer wrote that Schmidt posed a threat to the safety of Olson and his children.


Last May 11 was a banner day for David Hans Schmidt, the "black sheep" son of a wealthy grain farmer and land developer from Rochester, Minnesota.

Schmidt and his newest client, Leslie Shorb, were in New York to get some national television face time. They were interviewed on The Early Show by Bryant Gumbel.

Shorb is the 18-year-old high school valedictorian from a tiny school in Oregon who had been stripped of her academic honor after joining some male classmates for a shower in the boys' locker room.

Schmidt was introduced as Shorb's lawyer, a bit of misinformation he did nothing to correct. He even tried to talk like a lawyer.

"And nowhere in the history of jurisprudence within a school setting have they gone to this extreme amount of punishment that they've handed down so heavy-handedly in this situation," Schmidt said.

Yadda, yadda.

His appearance with Shorb, however, was not nearly as telling as the banter on the next day's Early Show:

JULIE CHEN (anchor): Well, yesterday on the show, we had a man by the name of David Hans Schmidt -- who you interviewed -- who represents the young girl in Oregon who jumped in the shower with the guys. Right?

GUMBEL: Right.

CHEN: Well . . .

GUMBEL: Who I took a dim view of, as you could tell.

CHEN: Well, it's going to -- you're going to take even a dimmer view. That light's going out because right here it says that -- as you know, he represents Paula Jones.

GUMBEL: He also represented Tonya Harding . . .

CHEN: And Tonya Harding.

GUMBEL: There's a pair to draw to.

CHEN: Fine clientele. Well, apparently, he's in a fight with Susan Carpenter-McMillan, who also reps Paula Jones, because . . . Hans Schmidt has brokered a deal for Paula Jones to be in Penthouse and Carpenter-McMillan says, "Don't do it. Don't do it. You're going to ruin -- you're going to ruin your fine reputation." And . . .

GUMBEL: Why would anybody want to look at her in Penthouse?

CHEN: Well, they did the first time around. Remember those other photos . . .

GUMBEL: I mean, her nose would be a foldout . . .

CHEN: So listen to this quote. So he says that Carpen -- he -- he told Carpenter-McMillan, "I spent nine months on this deal." And she says, "Well, I've . . . I've spent five years with Paula Jones and haven't made a cent, and you're going to make money off this." And he insists that -- that it -- it's going through.

JANE CLAYSON (co-host): Well, you know what he did on our show yesterday?

CHEN: What?

CLAYSON: He was over at the Plaza Hotel with his client, racked up a $400 bar tab on -- at the Plaza Hotel bar, was completely . . . toast. Where they called the producer . . . "He's racking up all this money. Spending all this money. He's buying all this booze. What are we supposed to do?"

And he was downstairs before he went on with you, the producers were saying, caressing her hair and sort of kissing her on the neck, very inappropriately. So they said it was creepy. . . . Well, just the jacket alone really gave away his personality . . .

GUMBEL: I mean, I just wonder -- I mean, if you -- if you've got a 17-year-old daughter who is having some legal difficulties, why on Earth . . . would you pick someone who is best known for representing Tonya Harding and Paula Jones? . . . I mean, it just -- I -- judging -- you know, you are the company you keep.


The company David Hans Schmidt keeps today consists of maximum-security inmates. The grimy abode cannot dash his delusions of grandeur.

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