In a move related to the battle over ownership of the infamous Farrah Fawcett painting, Ryan O’Neal is suing the producer of Chasing Farrah. In the suit, O’Neal is claiming Craig Nevius is guilty of defamation and libel because Nevius is spreading false stories about him that are “malicious and defamatory.” Typically, Ryan O’Neal claims he’s been damaged in excess of $1million.
For those unfamiliar with the situation, the University of Texas is suing O’Neal because they claim he is hiding a painting that was given to them in the actress’ will. O’Neal claims that Warhol gave him the Fawcett print an it has always belonged to him. Furthermore O’Neal is suing Nevius because he states that the University only pursued the suit because Nevius had told the press that he had stolen the print.
Nevius sees it quite differently though:
“In regard this latest lawsuit as a desperate attempt by Ryan O’Neal to further harass me into silence. I believe this is less about the portrait of Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol than it is about certain actions and events that occurred during the last few years of Farrah’s life which I have knowledge of and that he (and others) would prefer me to never speak about.”
Frankly, this entire episode makes me sick. If the painting belonged to Farrah, then it would have been included in the list of property to be distributed. And if Ryan O’Neal was left out of the will then it’s his tough luck. Just my opinion.