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Opri to Birkhead -- Take it Back or I'll Sue!

9/6/2007 5:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained dueling lawyer letters between Larry Birkhead and Debra Opri and THIS JUST IN: It's gotten really ugly.

Opri is pissed that Larry B appeared on Larry King's show this week and claimed he witnessed Opri feed newly-minted author Rita Cosby confidential documents in his custody battle. Opri's lawyer, David Owen, fired off a letter obtained by TMZ, in which he says, "That statement is false and defamatory....we are giving Mr. Birkhead an opportunity to issue a retraction."

Not gonna happen. Birkhead's lawyer, Micheal Trope, fired off his own letter -- also obtained by TMZ -- in which he says, "Mr. Birkhead declines your invitation to issue any type of retraction," adding, "...truth is a defense."

Trope ends with this pretty funny salvo: Larry would "like her to avoid the expense of hiring a process server to deliver the complaint. I have Mr. Birkhead's authority to accept service."

In this case, every penny counts.


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Every time a lawyer gets screwed (which is rare) and angel gets it's wings

2572 days ago

montana girl    

What a beeeeg mess. Anna Nicole Smith was an avowed bi-sexual. read the book, Great big beautiful doll and get a load of the whole mess. Birds of a feather flock together. Birkhead and Stern are probably bi-sexual just like their former partner.

2572 days ago

back in business    

Phone Records

February 7, 2007

5:13 pm Dr. Erosevich calls Howard K. Stern. Call lasts for 7 minutes

6:38 pm Howard calls Ron Rale (Howard will make a least 5 separate phone calls to
Ron Rale during the afternoon and evening hours of the 7th)

6:41 pm Alex Goen calls Howard K. Stern

--- This is the last phone called received on Howard’s cell phone that evening.

February 8, 2007


10:00 am - Howard checks his voicemail

10:03 am - Howard checks his voicemail

10:42 am - King Eric Gibson calls Howard on his cell phone

10:45 am - Howard calls Moe

10:46 am - Howard checks his voicemail

10:49 am - Howard checks his voicemail

10:52 am - Howard calls Alex Goen

10:53 am - Howard calls Ron Rale (it is 7:53 am Cal. Time)

10:56 am to 11:19 am - There are several calls back and forth between Howard, King Eric and Moe during Moe and Tas’s drive to the airport.

February 8, 2007


11:59 - Howard calls the hotel liason twice

12:00 noon - Howard calls the boat broker Mark Dekema (conversation lasts 10 minutes.)

12:02 pm - Hotel liaison returns Howard’s phone call.

12:17 pm - Howard calls Mark Dekema (boat broker) for the second time.

Howard phones the Boat Broker - Mark Dekema three more times before 1:00 pm

12:27 pm - Moe calls Taz

12:44 pm - Taz calls Moe (call last 1 minute)

12:45 pm - Taz calls Moe again (this call lasts 4 minutes)

1:15 to 1:22 pm - Howard calls boat broker Mark Dekema again, towards the end of the call Howard abruptly says “I have another call, I have to take this”. Instead Howard calls his voicemail.

1:17 pm - Tas calls Moe (call last less than one minute)

1:19 pm - Tas call Moe again (call last one minute)

1:23 pm. - Instead of taking another call, Howard checks his voicemail

1:24 pm - Moe calls Howard (call lasts less then one minute) This is the phone call in which Moe claims to have told Howard that something happened to Anna.

1:26 pm - Howard calls Moe (call last one minute)

1:28 pm - Moe calls Tas (call lasts 4 minutes)

1:31 pm - Moe calls the hotel liaison - while she is trying to call him

1:32 pm - Moe calls the hotel liaison again.

1:33 pm - Moe calls the Hard Rock Gaming Commission Office

1:33 pm - Howard calls Moe

1:34 pm - Howard calls Moe
1:34 - Moe calls the hotel liaison

1:35 pm - Howard calls Moe

1:36 pm - Howard calls Moe
- Moe calls the hotel liaison
- Moe then calls Tas
- The hotel liaison calls her boss, the Director of Operations at the Hard Rock Hotel

1:37 pm - Howard calls the hotel liaison twice

1:38 pm - Tas calls the hotel operator who calls 911
- The hotel liaison calls the Director of Operations, again

1:39 pm - The hotel liaison calls the office of the hotel’s Director of Purchasing

1:40 pm - Hard Rock security calls the Seminole Police

1:44 pm - The hotel liaison calls Howard.

1:48 pm - The hotel liaison calls Howard

1:54 pm - Howard calls Dr. E.

2:02 pm - Howard calls Dr. E.

2:09 pm - Howard calls Dr. E.
- Dr. E calls the Hard Rock Hotel liaison

2:27 pm - Howard calls Moe

2:30 pm - Howard calls Moe

2:31 pm - Dr. E calls the hotel liaison

2:32 pm - Howard calls Moe

2:36 pm - The hotel liaison calls the hotel’s Director of Operations

2:37 pm - Alex Katz calls the hotel liaison

3:12 pm - Howard calls Alex Goen

3:13 pm - Howard calls the Hard Rock Hotel’s main number

3:14 pm - Howard calls Alex Goen

3:17 pm - Alex Goen calls Howard

3:21 pm - Howard calls the Horizon house

3:23 pm - Boesch Law Firm (who handle the Marshall case) calls Howard

3:37 pm - Howard calls Ron Rale

3:38 pm - Howard calls Ron Rale

3:49 pm - Howard calls Entertainment Tonight (call lasts 2 minutes)

3:51 pm - Howard calls Entertainment Tonight (call lasts 4 minutes)

4:15 pm - Alex Goen calls Howard

4:26 pm - Howard calls Ray Martino

4:27 pm - Howard calls the hotel liaison

4:34 pm - Howard calls the hotel liaison

4:47 pm - The hotel liaison calls Howard twice

4:49 pm - Howard calls “information”

4:51 pm - Howard calls a local elementary school

4:53 pm - Howard calls the schools aftercare program

4:55 pm - The hotel liaison calls Howard

5:38 pm - Howard’s father calls him

7:12 pm- Moe calls Ron Rale

7:13 pm - Moe calls Ron Rale

2572 days ago

Twelve Days in Houston    

Looks like OPRI is running scared regarding Rita's new book.

You shouldn't be a media-whoring attorney.. STICK WITH THE LEGALITIES!.

You don't look good on TV anyways!

2572 days ago


Rita & Opri earn their money by working but Larry lives off Dannielynn & lies everytime he opens his mouth.

2572 days ago


What has happened to humanity? Have these people lost all sense of decency and common sense? Whether or not the Cosby book contains any truth at all, this guy is a sue-happy jerk. And he was at a gay pride parade to snap photos? Yeah, Larry and I have some ocean-front property I would love to sell you.

2572 days ago



2572 days ago

Time WILL Tell    

Get his sorry a$$ Opri, I am sick of his bs, and the way he uses that baby. Mop the floor with his sorry a$$, and be done with him. He isn't a man, it is a she/he, and is only out for a free ride. I hope his new lawyers have gotten paid up front !!! IMO

2572 days ago


Everything in Rita's book is true. By the way, I like Opri too.

2572 days ago

Time WILL Tell    

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Posted at 4:52PM on Sep 6th 2007 by INQUEST

2572 days ago


I hope Larry kicks the crap out of Rita and Opri in court. And then let's his 15 minutes of fame end so he can go off somewhere in private and raise his child out of the spotlight. Anna is dead, so I wish these people would all just disappear back into the woodwork they came out from.

2572 days ago

Ellis Light    

Rita....please blow your nose

2572 days ago

back in the day    

So where are all the lawsuits? Book is out, top selling book in many outlets, many people have read it. Rita Crosby is making money on the book. Hey Larry/Howard where's the lawsuits? Howard jumped on the Dr. who was going to sell video of Anna's surgery so I know he still knows how to file. Has anyone heard of anything filed yet? Maybe I am missing something.

I'm hoping after this child is paraded all over the media on her birthday the media circus stops with a once a year update, Larry goes back to work and stops living off of the money for pictures of her. I know he still has that hearing in the Bahamas with Virgie but in the mean time he can put in his 40 hour work week just like the rest of us.

2572 days ago

montana girl    

What a bunch of kooks. This isn`t the first time someone has come forth and accused Larry Birkhead of a homosexual liason. A man in his own home town has said he had a running affair with Larry. You just watch. These men will come out of the woodwork before this is over. It would be better for Stern and Birkhead to shut up and stay off tv for now. Heck maybe they will find other ways to make money .

2572 days ago


Larry is beginning to look just like Howard. He thinks he's a really slick guy now but wait just wait his time will come.

2572 days ago
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