Ryan O'Neal Sued By University of Texas
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:42:50
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It's Ryan O'Neal v. The University of Texas. The learning institution has refiled a lawsuit against the actor over an iconic Andy Warhol portrait he owns. The U of T claims that the portrait is rightfully the school's property.
How so? Well, O'Neal's longtine love, actress Farrah Fawcett, reportedly left her art collection to the school, which was her alma mater. Fawcett died of anal cancer in 2009.
Producer/filmmaker Craig Nevius suggested a 1979 Warhol painting of Fawcett owned by O'Neal should have been among the items handed over to the school and that assessment prompted lawyers for the university to file papers asking a judge to order O'Neal to return the piece.
O'Neal says that he was friends with Warhol and claims the artist produced two copies of the Fawcett portrait, which is worth an estimated $30 million. O'Neal claims Warhol created one piece for him and one for Fawcett.
Federal court judges ruled they didn't have jurisdiction in the case, and now university officials have refiled their complaint at Los Angeles Superior Court.
In court papers, university representatives state the following: "Mr. O'Neal has wrongfully converted the missing Warhol portrait that belongs to UT Austin. Mr. O'Neal was not included in Ms. Fawcett's will, nor in the Fawcett Living Trust, and Ms. Fawcett's express wishes as stated in the Farrah Fawcett Living Trust have been thwarted by such conversion."
O'Neal's spokesperson labeled the suit "ridiculous" while the actor is also suing Nevius for his "false, malicious and defamatory" comments, insisting he has suffered "humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress" as a result.
Team Ryan O'Neal or Team University of Texas?