EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Farrah's Assistant Disputes Claims In Her Estate's Lawsuit Against Producer

Jan. 25 2010, Published 3:17 p.m. ET

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A former assistant for Farrah Fawcett disputes key charges in a lawsuit filed by the star's estate against producer Craig Nevius.

Mike Pingel, who worked for Farrah for two years, said in an interview that Farrah was "so pleased" when Nevius showed her his version of her documentary chronicling her cancer battle.

Fawcett's estate filed suit against Farrah on January 22, accusing Nevius of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars and claiming that Farrah hated the version of the documentary that Nevius showed her. Nevius was cut out of the production before it aired on NBC, leading him to file his own lawsuit.

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Ryan O'Neal, Alana Stewart and Richard Francis are key players for Farrah's estate and were instrumental in booting Nevius.

But Pingel told a reporter that Farrah loved Nevius' version and the star even showed it to Pingel!

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"Farrah trusted her friend and producing partner, Craig Nevius with executing her vision for the documentary which was to tell the world of her cancer battle," Pingel said in a statement, obtained exclusively by

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"Farrah was so pleased with how A Wing & A Prayer was coming together she even showed me part of the film. It's sad the documentary was changed and Farrah's version has yet to be seen."



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