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De Niro: You Sued Me Because I Had Cancer

5/18/2007 9:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Robert De NiroOscar winner Robert De Niro has filed a motion against Fireman's Fund Insurance to dismiss a suit the company filed against him in 2006. De Niro's rep Stan Rosenfield tells TMZ "This was filed in response to Fireman's Fund's decision to sue Robert De Niro because he was diagnosed with cancer."

According to the motion, filed today in a U.S. federal court, De Niro was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2003. The documents say that when he was diagnosed, De Niro was days away from starting work on the film "Hide and Seek." Because of De Niro's diagnosis and subsequent treatment for his illness, he was unavailable to start working on the movie as scheduled, and shooting was held up almost 60 days. Due to this delay, Fireman's Fund, the insurance carrier on the film, paid over $1.8 million to reimburse the studio for its lost costs. In October of 2006, Fireman's Fund filed suit against De Niro, claiming he misrepresented the state of his health on a medical certificate they issued him for the film.

De Niro claims that he was diagnosed on October 15, 2003 after undergoing a prostate biopsy on the 10th. The medical certificate filed with the insurance company was dated two days earlier, on October 13. Fireman's Fund acknowledges in their suit against the actor that he had not yet "been diagnosed with or treated for" prostate cancer, but they decided to sue him anyway. De Niro, in today's motion, says there was no way he misrepresented his health on the certificate because he hadn't yet been diagnosed with cancer.

De Niro is asking the court to immediately dismiss the lawsuit against him.

A call to Fireman's Fund was not immediately returned.

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1.

SeeThree    

Some facts re: Prostate Biopsy [Source: Wikipedia]

Prostate biopsy is a procedure in which small samples are removed from a man's prostate gland to be tested for the presence of cancer. It is typically performed when the scores from a PSA blood test rise to a level that is associated with the possible presence of prostate cancer.

The procedure requires a local anesthetic, with fifty-five percent of men reporting discomfort during the biopsy.[1] The main usual complication is light bleeding in the urine, stool and ejaculate for a short time (days) afterwards.

The procedure is traditionally done with tactile finger guidance. [2] Ultrasound guided prostate biopsy is has now become the gold standard.

In other words, two days before signing a medical form which specifically asks about issues involving treatment and diagnosis of prostate issues, Mr. DeNiro had someone's "tactile guidance" wandering around in his backside. The first step in treatment of a disease, common sense would tell you, is to find out if it exists. Since there must have been some reason to go through the procedure, the argument for DeNiro seems to contemplate the type of hyper technicality which insurance companies are accused of using not to pay claims. The fact of the matter is that the claim WAS paid and just like when your car insurance takes care of your claims, it then has the right to go after the person who is the actual cause of the loss.

2618 days ago
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Big Beat Battalion (Geek Hop Rap)    

let me show you my little friend!!
This mole on my face!!
LOL

Deniro
or dinero!!!

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2624 days ago
3.

Angel    

Can they do that?

2624 days ago
4.

blackberry_curve@yahoo.com    

lmfao Who cares if Farrah Fawcett has ASS CANCER. I don't get why Robert De Niro is getting involved. I didn't read the article.... just skimmed the picture.... but Farrah's ass cancer is (((private)))!

2624 days ago
5.

Parisgotback?    

I LOVE BOBBY DeNIRO - he had freaking cancer! Talk about insult to injury - BAD PR for the firemans fund!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2624 days ago
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Finally exposed - shes a wierdo    

This one will be laughed out of court. All Deniro's attorney has to say is something like "You sued my client for misrepresentation of the facts; so I guess facts don't matter any more, eh?" Once a judge hears that the health certificate was issued 2 days prior to De Niro's cancer diagnosis, this one will be gone...

2624 days ago
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Big Beat Battalion (Geek Hop Rap)    

LOL
I just realized I was thinking of al pacino in scarface. I swear those two are the same!

Geek Hop for ever!

2624 days ago
8.

tba    

Sounds like someone at Fireman's Fund wants to name drop and tell his/her bastard retarded grand kids one day that he/she sued Robert DiNero.

2624 days ago
9.

CVS Whore    

HA! THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES DO THIS ALL THE TIME TO US "REGULAR FOLKS". I HOPE BOBBY STICKS IT RIGHT UP THEIR ASSES.

2624 days ago
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montana mike    

DiNero just needs to get a few of his friends like joe pesci and al pacino together and make this insurance company go away

2624 days ago
11.

how sad    

I'm torn on this one. Maybe they should split the cost. It's hard to feel sorry for
millionaires.

2624 days ago
12.

Beatles    

De Nero can counter sue the Attorney and the insurance firm for creating a frivilous lawsuit.


Fines can also be imposed by the court

2624 days ago
13.

jProud American Author    

Some of you may joke around about this, yet this is the reality of insurance companies today. They don't want to pay and they are making it harder for people to get decent insurance. If the celebs are having a hard time...just imagine what is going on for just regular working folk. This is really scary and we need to do something about health care in this country. It is getting out of hand.
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2624 days ago
14.

waggs    

Insurance companies are in business to make money...not pay it out.

2624 days ago
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rosie    

11. DiNero just needs to get a few of his friends like joe pesci and al pacino together and make this insurance company go away

Posted at 9:42PM on May 18th 2007 by montana mike

What are the three queers going to do ? Suck them out of business....

2624 days ago
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