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Howard's Lawyer to Rita: Back Off, B***h!

9/4/2007 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Breaking NewsTMZ has obtained a letter written to Rita Cosby by attorney Lin Wood concerning her new book, "Blonde Ambition":

Rita K. Cosby
c/o Author Mail
Grand Central Publishing
237 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10017
Re: "Blonde Ambition"

Dear Rita:

I think you are aware that I represent Howard K. Stern in connection with potential defamation litigation related to the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and her son, Daniel. I am writing you with respect to your soon to be published book entitled "Blonde Ambition."

It has been reported by persons claiming to have advance copies of your book that certain passages in "Blonde Ambition" rely on Jackie Hatten as a source. It has been further reported that your book may contain false and defamatory accusations by Hatten against Mr. Stern. I am sure you are aware that you may be held liable for republishing another's false and defamatory statements. Hatten is not a credible or reliable source. I am certain you are familiar with Hatten's many media interviews. If not, you should review them as they clearly establish that basing any accusation against Mr. Stern on Hatten's statements will constitute republication by you with a reckless disregard for truth or falsity.

I hope these reports are inaccurate and that your book will not defame Mr. Stern. However, if it does, Mr. Stern will file a libel action against you and your publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

L. Lin Wood

cc: Howard K. Stern, Esq.
Krista Barth, Esq.

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Who the h*ll cares?

2572 days ago

Not too shocked    

Who is this Stem guy?

Spell check is your friend TMZ.

2572 days ago


Your OCR software blows! In the 2nd paragraph, the sentence begins with "1" instead of "I." In the last paragraph, it has his name as "Mr. Stem" instead of "Mr. Stern."

2572 days ago


The Books Out. Let See If They Will Really Sue!


threating to sue, thinking about suing, etc. They won't sue.............

2572 days ago


ummm, don't care...

2572 days ago


Shut up Lin. You are a jacka$$. Won't you feel like the fool when the video tape surfaces. You'll just be one more person Howie has fooled and lied to.

2572 days ago


So the book says that Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead are both lovers???

How funny!!!!

2572 days ago


What a great way to become famous! I expect she'll have her own talk show before the ink dries on the settlement

2572 days ago


oh boy --if the stuff she is saying is false ..she would be liable and shame on her

2572 days ago


Even prior to this potential news(?), Howard K. Stern DID NOT earn the honor and dignity of having ESQ. placed behind his name due to his actions or non-actions in the four- or five-day period that Anna Nicole Smith went untreated in Hollywood, Florida prior to her unnecessary demise according to the M.E. He stated her LIFE could have been spared had she been hospitalized and "professionally" treated by those who were with her at that time!

He is a disgrace to the practice of law not only in California but the entire United States of America!

2572 days ago


Howard has met his match!!!! Someone who as smart as he is... Release the video tape at the trial for the lawsuit and let the fun begin....Let him sweat.... he knows if it true and won't go to trial... he trying to control the public by not having the book release and for the public to change their opinion of Larry so the money won't stop. Anna's dead...Larry should exploit Dannielynn and get a job and take care of his daughter.... No more money need to go into this estate and the Marshall should fight tooth and nail to keep the money...and used the old man and was used at the end...Karma!!!!!!

2572 days ago


Congradulation Rita Cosby. I really admire you with doing this. This took some guts and I am one of the happiest people there is today. Thanks again and it looks like Art Harris is going to have a heart attack . He is going wild.

2572 days ago


OK, let's see this video! Howard and Larry have done nothing but make money off of Anna and her two children.

2572 days ago

Go with the Flow!    

Rita Crosby looks like a snake! God ,unless she can prove what's in the book, she should be sued and than she should crawl back under the rock she came out off.
Her parents are waiting for their ugly child to come back and leave the humans alone!

2572 days ago

Boycot all Jesses Business    

Howard is acting VERY QUILTY>

2572 days ago
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