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Birkhead to Rita -- Say That and I'll Sue You

8/31/2007 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Birkhead tells TMZ he will go after Rita Cosby with a vengeance if the rumors about her upcoming book are true.

Cosby, formerly an anchor with MSNBC, has written what she says is a tell-all on the death of Anna Nicole Smith and the subsequent custody battle over Dannielynn.

Rumors are swirling about the book, Blond Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death, due out next week. TMZ has heard Cosby will say she has documents that prove Larry Birkhead essentially bought the baby from Howard K. Stern. The publisher is mum until next Tuesday.

Today, Birkhead told TMZ, "If that's what's in her book, then she'll be sued. And on top of that, there will be other individuals sued over confidential information in my custody case."

Birkhead has said that Cosby is the one who hooked him up with his former lawyer, Debra Opri. In Birkhead's lawsuit against Opri over fees, he says Opri told him, "she had supplied the reporter with confidential information as 'payback' for the client referral." Opri could not be reached for comment.

Birkhead tells us that Cosby never once came to him to ask for his comments re the book.

OK! magazine will preview the tome next week. Birkhead says, "OK! is on notice those allegations are false, and if they print them as truth, they will be sued as well." Birkhead adds, "I'll go after any media outlet that prints those lies from that book."

Birkhead seems serious. He's already lawyered up.

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Cheryl    

WATCH OUT PEOPLE!! LARRY BIRKHEAD & HOWARD K STERN LOVE TOO SUE pEOPLE "it must be how they live--OTHER PEOPLES MONEY!!!

2431 days ago
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FADEDYOUTHBLOG    

the only people who care about the Birkhead story is TMZ and a bunch of fat lonely women living in the heartland of america.

2519 days ago
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homegirl101    

first

2519 days ago
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homegirl101    

I agree they all loved Birkhead when the plot thickened, now the same jerks hate Birkhead..the moral housewives

2519 days ago
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Dany Tuppeny    

"if they print them as truth, they will be sued as well"

lol

2519 days ago
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Terry    

The only liars as far as I can tell are Howard and Larry their both so full of it their eye brows stink. Though when money talks liars walk.

2519 days ago
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fecesflusterer    

You go larry!

2519 days ago
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whatagay    

Good for Larry - - he's a hell-of-a-man - in a land where real men are a rarity! I'm glad he is ferocious enuf to protect his family. Anna Nicole made a fatal mistake of not sticking w/this guy - she and Daniel would have been alive today if she would have!!!!!

2519 days ago
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Kate    

This is just tragic. People still trying to cash in on this woman's death. Cosby was nothing more than a tabloid journalist with the most annoying voice of all time. She should be ashamed of herself. Why not just let this woman and her son rest in peace and let her baby daughter have a chance at a normal life? Birkhead should do what he would do. Move the baby to Kansas and get out of the public eye. Remember, the old saying, the pen is mightier than the sword? These books will still be around when this poor child becomes an adult. Do you think its right to make her subject to this about her mother? SICK!!!

2519 days ago
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vickanoff    

Let Anna just rest in peace...

2519 days ago
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annoyed    

Yawn. Can I get that fifteen seconds of my life back? No one cares anymore about the Anna Nicole Smith story. No one cares about the Birkhead crap, and no one cares who he threatens to sue. There are people in this country who are homeless, women who are abused by husbands/boyfriends, children who are molested, and last I heard, there were a few thousand American men and women in Iraq who are fighting everyday so terrorists won't come over here and blow half of us to kingdom come. This stuff is so trivial, and really doesn't amount to anything. I think Tabloid News should be renamed Trash News because it's worthless.

2519 days ago
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Jo Jo    

Getting kind of sick of Larry. Just go away man.

2519 days ago
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gingergirl    

Good for you, Larry. Those two female leaches seemed to be partners in crime. You go get um!!!

2519 days ago
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djdw61    

I could careless about this thing anymore, either, but I totally believe that Larry 'bought' the baby from Howard K. Stern.

2519 days ago
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carol    

Writers know if you make a statement, you should be able to support it. Rita and her publisher would be foolish to publish a book knowing full well they couldn't support their statements However, if you preface your statement with the word allegedly, maybe it makes it OK to print. I'm not a legal expert -I don't know. Rita has to know Larry and Howard are people who like to sue and must have taken that into consideration. Pandora's Box is beginning to open. Wait long enough and the truth will come out. It's just beginning.

2519 days ago
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