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Opri to Birkhead -- "I Have Had Enough"

9/24/2007 9:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Debra Opri is filing a lawsuit against Larry Birkhead for defamation, fraud and breach of contract.
Larry Birkhead and Debra Opri
In the lawsuit, filed this afternoon in L.A. County Superior Court, Opri claims Birkhead slandered her during a recent appearance on "Larry King Live," during which Birkhead said Opri had leaked confidential documents in his paternity case to Rita Cosby. Cosby wrote a book about the Anna Nicole saga.

In her lawsuit, Opri claims Birkhead " ... impugned both Opri's ethics and her professional reputation." Opri says Birkhead's allegation that Opri was a source for Cosby's book is untrue -- "Birkhead never witnessed Opri handing confidential and private documents to Rita Cosby because it never occurred." Opri claims she was not a source in the Cosby book.

Opri cites an interview Birkhead gave to TMZ in which he said he fired her. Opri says in her lawsuit that she was the one who withdrew from the case, claiming Birkhead's statements were "planned and malicious."

Opri goes on to allege, "Birkhead personally leaked a confidential document, Opri's attorney billing within hours of receiving it, to TMZ.com."

Opri says she has paid damage control gurus Sitrick and Company around $200,000 to blunt "defamatory attacks made by Birkhead."

Opri also claims Birkhead knew her fee in the paternity case could exceed $500,000 from the get-go. And she claims he screwed her out of a commission she was entitled to receive on a $1.7 million Dannielynn photo deal.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Opri said, "My message today to Larry Birkhead is ... I have had enough."

Birkhead could not immediately be reached for comment.

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16.

leslie knox    

im loving it and the house of cards is tumbling gosh i love christmas goose,

2532 days ago
17.

HI to all the nice people    

WELL HE DESERVES IT. NOW LETS RUMBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEB GO GET HIM. HE'S A WIMP , HIM AND HIS BOY TOY.

2532 days ago
18.

Larryb    

11. Are you kidding me. Why sleep with him he is gross. She has her own money, if she wanted she could have a hot young guy. Yeah right she wanted a gay boy with no job. LOL

2532 days ago
19.

cooky    

Her and Rita are lovers they are both DOGS and need to shut up! No one but her can ruine her she is doing a fine job at it.....

2532 days ago
20.

Behind the Lens    

Enjoy your holiday in Hawaii :Larry looks like the shhheeet s gonna hit the fan !!! Your fifteen minutes of fame are almost up....Time to start paying your bills

2532 days ago
21.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

... And the hits just keep coming!

2532 days ago
22.

Liz    

You go girl. I'm sick of hearing this lying deadbeat on TV threatening everybody. That little bit of fame as a sperm donor has gone to his nasty head.

2532 days ago
23.

Bahama Mama    

Birkhead is in Hawaii spending Opri and Dollarlyn's money with some bar whore from Kintucky. Please, Larry wouldn't touch that skank with Howard's pole.

Opri is not some dumbass lawyer like Rubberhead Ron Rale and Howard that never won a case. She is the real deal, a high paid attorney that gets results and even paid for Larry's designer suits.

I feel sorry for her. Deb cared about the baby's welfare and Larry defrauded her. I hope Larry is happy with his decisions. It is tough being married to a murderer.

Deb, drag his ace to court and get what is due to you! He was a joke until you gave him credibility. Howard has taken that all away. OCtober is going to be very interesting. I am waiting for the day when Howard turns on Larry... or worse!

2532 days ago
24.

what    

Lets see Quinn Case won't be heard until Dec 2008..................Mrs. Opri case is just being filed................Hatten case against Howie...............Can't wait to see those Doc.........The Inquest perhaps will being on Oct 30 if Mr. Stern doees not play the victim card again.......Larrys case against Mrs. Opri for Money what else would he ask for? He has no honor.

2532 days ago
25.

Carolyn    

Opri you have done enough damage to your own reputation. You have no one to blame but yourself,charging outlandish fees for dinners and your husband's laundry as well as other charges that were your responsibility and now the money you charged for your work on the lawsuit is not enough, you are so money hungry you want even more.. I have dealt with attorneys just like you in Maryland named Schochor and Staton.
You will not be happy until you can take every single penny you can away from that precious baby and Larry Birkhead.
You didn't need to hire a firm for damage control, you did all the damage to yourself, seeking as much publicity as you could ,every chance that you could, even when you were told you were not needed there or wanted there by Larry.
If anything I think this only further shows you for what you are, a money hungry lawyer who will not be happy until you see this family penniless and get your name in the press one more time.
You are no well respected lawyer,I would not even call you a lady. You are nothing more than a hog who is dying to get her name in the spotlight at anyone's expense.
Candycane

2532 days ago
26.

FlBiker    

Where does the California Bar stand on an attorney trying her case in the media?
Opri seems like a real piece of crap of a lawyer.

2532 days ago
27.

what    

I think the PUBLIC should Sue Larry for Misleading them. Cause he is selling Danniellynn to the highest bidder when he said he would never do that. Lets get a Lawyer.

2532 days ago
28.

Whack A Mole (finger) (formerly Mad Hatter)    

Larry, it's all coming back to bite you in the ass! It's about time. Oh, and I'll bet there are more surprises coming your way! Gonna be a interesting fall!

2532 days ago
29.

Sam    

YESSSSSSSSSSs OPRI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Birkhead is living the GRAND LIFE THANK TO OPRI.

Birkhead thanks to OPRI has won the lottery.

Birkhead should have taken care of Anna Nicole along with STERN !!!!!!!!!!! So now Anna Nicole is DEAD while Birkhead had the kid and the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ THANKS to OPRI.

2532 days ago
30.

Chuck Thuberd    

Isn't it amazing how scuz bag attorneys and scuz bag clients always seem to find each other.

2532 days ago
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