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Ryan O'Neal Defamation Lawsuit Challenged

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This again? UGH! Why?! Just let it die already! People are just so damn greedy!

For those of you who don't know, besides having to children in a lot of trouble, Ryan O'Neal is in a heap himself. He was sued early in July by the University of Texas, who claim that his late lover Farrah Fawcett left them all her artwork in her will, including an epsecially famous Andy Warhol portrait. However, Ryan insisted that the paiting belonged to him and refused to part with it. That's when Craig Nevius, who worked on the docuseries Chasing Farrah, stepped in and helped the university with his case. Ryan in turn sued him for defmation to the ring-a-ding sound of $1 million.

Yesterday, Craig decided to

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Ryan O'Neal Is Suing Over Warhol Claims

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Craig Nevius has been after Ryan O'Neal for years about a painting done by Andy Warhol (valued at $30 mil) of the late Farrah Fawcett.

Nevius claims, because Farrah left all of her art collection to the University of Texas, that Ryan stole the Warhol and has kept it illegally.

Ryan says that because Andy was a close friend, the painting was actually given to him, and because of all the things that Nevius has claimed, Ryan is entitled to defamation damages:

Last month, "Good Morning America" and Star Magazine ran stories that O'Neal was being investigated for theft — something O'Neal calls "false, malicious and defamatory."

The stories triggered a demand from the University of Texas that O'Neal turn the portrait over, stat.

O'Neal says Nevius has been wretched for years, selling medical information about Farrah to the tabloids as she battled cancer. He says he's suffered "humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress," and he's been damaged in excess of $1 million.

Has he really cause that amount of pain to you, Ryan, or is this your way of telling him to back off? Just because people are pestering you doesn't mean you're experiencing $1 mil+ of that.

The real question is: who's telling the truth here? Wasn't there an exact list of Farrah's art to be given away? Where's that? Why WOULDN'T there be??

Do U think Ryan has grounds to sue? Who is telling the truth here?!

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Farrah Fawcett's Ex Ryan O'Neal Settles Legal Fight With TV Producer

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For two years, Farrah Fawcett's ex Ryan O'Neal and TV producer Craig Nevius had been involved in some serious legal dramz.

Nevius had filed a lawsuit against O'Neal and others close to Farrah Fawcett over NBC's Farrah's Story documentary, claiming he was "shut out of the project and that the final cut didn't adhere to the actress' wishes."

Farrah Fawcett's estate filed a counter-suit again against Nevius, claiming he "embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars" from a production firm that he used to co-own with Farrah. They also claimed he gave out info and footage without Fawcett's approval.

NOW, Nevius has decided to settle because he can't afford to keep at it:

"After two years, I can no longer afford to fight Ryan O'Neal, Alana Stewart and Richard Francis over creative control of Farrah's Story and whether or not they had the right to take over the company that Farrah Fawcett and I formed to produce the documentary about her cancer fight and efforts to protect her privacy."

"Contrary to accusations, I have not profited from the film or this litigation in any way whatsoever. In fact, I have experienced profound losses, both professionally and personally."

"The only thing I am walking away with today is the knowledge that I did everything within my power to protect the artistic integrity and personal dignity of Farrah Fawcett who was not only my producing partner but my very dear friend. She showed me the best of humanity in the most trying of circumstances."

"I wish I could say the same of those who surrounded her during the last few months of her life. I will always believe that Ryan and Alana acted as squatters: isolating Farrah from me and others in order to obtain signatures that would ultimately allow them to turn the innovative and informative film we worked on for two years into a network deathwatch."

And here's what O'Neal's lawyer Howard Weitzman had to say about the settlement:

"The frivilous lawsuit filed against Alana Stewart and Ryan O'Neal was dismissed by Mr. Nevius with no payment of any money to him and an agreement that he would return any property that rightfully belonged to Ms. Fawcett or her Estate."

"It was Farrah who decided to replace Mr. Nevius with her best friend of 30 years (Alana Stewart) and her life partner for over 30 years (Ryan O'Neal) despite his wishful thinking to the contrary."

"The statement issued by Mr. Nevius is another sad attempt to justify his actions by using the media to spew outrageous lies about Alana and Ryan."

"Farrah's Story only became a successful Emmy nominated documentary once NBC was able to take over the project from Nevius. Hopefully Mr. Nevius will move on with his life and fade away."

More than anything else, we're just glad to hear that's all over with!

When bringing up Farrah in the future, it would be nice to do so in a more pleasant context, rather than doing so because of ugly legal drama.

What do U think about the outcome of this legal fight???

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Ryan O’Neal Threatened To Kill A Producer?!

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Yikes!

No need to get yourself in your son's old cell, Ry!

Sources have learned that a producer is facing a lawsuit from Ryan O'Neal and Richard Francis on behalf of Farrah Fawcett’s estate for not relinquishing control of her documentary. The producer, Craig Nevius, filed court papers this morning, detailing an incident where Ryan threatened his life if he didn't hand the rights over! The papers say:

“In September 2008, Ryan O’Neal contacted Mr. Nevius and wrongfully demanded that Mr. Nevius relinquish control of SBR and the Film to a producer of his choosing. When Mr. Nevius refused, Mr. O’Neal threatened to kill him.”

The court papers go on to explain that this is not the first time that Ryan has gotten violent towards Craig. The filing reveals that in April of last year, Craig claims Richard insisted he stay away from Farrah under a threat of "physical violence" stating "… you better not appear at Farrah’s. Because you’re gonna get your ass kicked in by Ryan! And I mean it!’”

Violence isn't the answer! Plus, you don't need any more damage to your credibility, Ryan!

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