"That's not a real bearded lady!" cried a paying customer at Barnum's Museum. "It's a bearded man wering a dress!" The customer then had Barnum served with a subpoena and took him to court. The trial was a public spectacle as the bearded lady, her husband, and a doctor each testified as to her femininity. Meanwhile thousands flocked to the museum to judge for themselves. After the trial it came out that PT Barnum had actually hired the man to sue him.. solely to drum up business.