Back in August, Ryan O'Neal landed in a bit of trouble with the University of Texas. The institute claimed that Ryan was in possesion of an Andy Warhol original painting that was promised to the school by Farrah Fawcett. While they have yet to claim the porttrait of Farrah done by Andy that they are after, they have collected other artifacts from Farrah's collection, including a Warhol "Napkin" that Ryan is insistent on getting back.
Therefore, he has filed a counter-suit against the school to get what he wants from them. The paperwork reads:
"The University of Texas is a multi-billion dollar entity. It continues to use its vast publicly funded financial resources to bully and harass Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor Ryan O'Neal into giving up possession of artwork he received from his friend of many years, the late Andy Warhol. The University filed the underlying lawsuit in this Action to pressure O'Neal into surrendering his prized Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett, apparently believing it to be worth many millions of dollars … Among the items removed from Ms. Fawcett's home and received by the University, however, was artwork that did not exclusively belong to Ms. Fawcett, but was jointly owned by O'Neal and Ms. Fawcett. This includes the Warhol 'Napkin' which was owned jointly by Ms. Fawcett and O'Neal. In fact, the Warhol napkin is inscribed by Warhol "To Farrah F. and Ryan O."
Now see, if they had gotten married, none of this would've been an issue. He'd have a stronger legal claim to these items and would've have to fight as hard to keep his claim to them.
Since that's not the case, we wonder what he'll do. Maybe he'll trade the portrait for the Napkin? Maybe he'll lose them both? Maybe he'll get on Dancing with the Stars next season? Oh wait, sorry. Separate issue.
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