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Only On RadarOnline: The Lost Marlon Brando Tapes

Apr. 14 2009, Published 3:53 p.m. ET

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Getting your Trinity Audio player ready... has exclusively acquired lost tapes from Marlon Brando's estate, featuring a heated, obscenity-laced shouting between screen legend Marlon and son Christian.

The never-heard-before tapes paint a picture of the rocky relationship between the venerable actor and the oldest of his 11 children.

The call -- dotted by long stretches of tense silence -- is made by the father, who introduces himself as such to Christian. Marlon asks his son how he feels, to which Christian tells him that he has been ill, vomiting all morning. When Marlon accuses Christian of lying about being sick, the son snaps back, telling his father that he just wants to go back to bed. The exchange goes on more than three minutes before Marlon tells him, "Go back to bed."

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The tapes have been lost for years, only recently found amid other Brando belongings. acquired the tapes from a man who wishes to remain anonymous, but was given some of Brando's belongings in exchange for work done for the estate after the actor's death.

The tapes tell a familiar story of strife between father and son, as the younger Brando's life was dotted with controversy. In 1990, he fatally shot Dag Drolet, the father of his half-sister Cheyenne's unborn child, after accusations surfaced that Drolet was abusive toward Cheyenne.

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Christian served six years in prison on a ten-year sentence for the crime. Christian was also implicated by Robert Blake as having been involved in the May 2001 killing of Blake's wife, Bonnie Lee Blakely. He was never charged with any crime regarding that incident. He pleaded guilty to spousal abuse charges four years ago, divorcing then-wife Deborah Presley shortly thereafter.

Marlon Brando died of lung failure in 2004 at the age of 80; Christian died last year at 49 after a lengthy battle with pneumonia.

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