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EXCLUSIVE: Producer Sued By Farrah Estate Slams Ryan O'Neal & Alana Stewart

Jan. 23 2010, Published 6:01 a.m. ET

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Craig Nevius, the producer sued by Farrah's estate, is fighting back, slamming Ryan O'Neal, Alana Stewart and others in a statement obtained by

It's the latest development in the ugly situation surrounding Farrah's death, where O'Neal, Nevius and Hamilton all profited as they professed their love and admiration in interviews about the star.

Farrah's estate filed suit against Nevius on Friday. O'Neal and Hamilton forced Nevius out of the "documentary" of Farrah's final days and he subsequently filed his own lawsuit against them.

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The new lawsuit suit from Farrah's estate charges Nevius with selling out the star by giving out information and footage without her approval and also says he misappropriated funds, according to various reports.


But Nevius says the lawsuit is more press release than legal action and notes that he already has filed suit against Richard Francis, O'Neal and Hamilton. He also not-so-subtly hints that they will be exposed as the "real exploiters" of Farrah in her final days.

Farrah Fawcett

Here is his entire statement responding to the new lawsuit:

"These accusations are nothing more than a fabricated press release disguised as a lawsuit. As much as I would like to answer the allegations and disprove them right here and right now in the court of public opinion, I will wait to do so in a court of law. Out of respect to Farrah, I limited the focus of my lawsuit against Richard Francis, Ryan O'Neal and Alana Stewart to issues of contract interference. But it now seems that at least one of the defendants wants to widen the scope of litigation to issues of artistic integrity and the personal relationships between parties. If that is the case, I will be happy to let the work Farrah and I did together (over years) speak for itself. And I will be more than happy to let the video tapes, documents, witnesses and Farrah's own words (both written and spoken) speak for me and defend me, finally removing all doubt and suspicion as to what actually happened during the final months of her life and who her real exploiters are.  This is a fight Francis, O'Neal and Stewart cannot win."

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