By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
Ryan O’Neal was supposed to file an official response by today to the University of Texas’ lawsuit against the actor in connection with an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett, but he’s requesting more time to respond, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
The civil suit, filed by the University of Texas Board of Regents in Federal District Court in Los Angeles, asked a court to order the Love Story actor to turn over the portrait because Farrah left her art collection to her alma mater.
Star magazine’s exclusive report on June 22 revealed that the “lost” Warhol — said to be worth up to $30 million — was in fact hanging above O’Neal’s bed in his beachfront Malibu mansion.
O’Neal’s spokesperson issued a statement saying the Warhol was his. The statement read: “This is a completely ridiculous lawsuit. Ryan’s friendship with Andy Warhol began ten years prior to his meeting Farrah Fawcett. When Ryan introduced Farrah to Andy Warhol, he chose to complete two portraits of her, one for Miss Fawcett and one for Mr. O’Neal. Mr O’Neal looks forward to being completely vindicated in the courts.”
O’Neal’s powerhouse attorney Martin Singer said in court docs: “O’Neal has requested additional time to respond to the Complaint, and Plaintiff has agreed to a ten day extension for that purpose.”
EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: Read Ryan O’Neal’s Request For Extension
The response must be filed by Thursday, August 11.