LATEST: Hollywood star Christina Applegate is having difficulties excusing herself from the jury in the forthcoming Robert Blake murder trial.

The Sweetest Thing actress has been trying to get out of her civic duty by claiming professional obligations prevent her from serving on a four to five month trial.

Los Angeles County Superior Court JUDGE DARLENE SCHEMPP is yet to oblige Christina's request, even though SPINAL TAP star Harry Shearer has already been excused on the same grounds.

Her manager TAMI LYNN is hopeful, saying, "We expect to know later in the week."

BARETTA actor Blake has been accused of murdering his wife BONNIE LEE BAKLEY in Studio City, California in May 2001.

13/01/2004 17:15