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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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91.

Whack A Mole (finger) (formerly Mad Hatter)    

So Larry, October looks like it could be pretty busy for you huh? Good thing you got that vacation in now.....

2553 days ago
92.

nofanhere    

She's just a "money grubber".

2553 days ago
93.

sam    

i wonder how much of that 200 grand that opri paid out for defamation control went to some of these bloggers upholding her haha. everyone knows she did not care about that baby in the first place or she would not have been trying to get it for Larry. They both only care about money . if she cared only about the baby why did she bring up being cut out of a photo deal. sometimes less is more Opri, watch your fellow lawyers on TV

2553 days ago
94.

ImWatchingYou    

Swims... nooo, but i'll give you a hint..

Lilly Sanchez - the day after ANS death....

2553 days ago
95.

Only swim in the Ocean    

As I said late August/early September, Cosby's preposterous book will hang both O'Quinn and Opri out to dry.

2553 days ago
96.

Only swim in the Ocean    

Imagine a media-whore (Opri) wanting to sue someone else to recoup the costs of her latest media-whoring!

Opri has no shame.

2553 days ago
97.

Christmas    

The voter on the front is not right. It jumps 100 numbers at a time. Some one on Larrys side is doing this. Take care of your baby Larry instead of hitting the vote over and over.

2553 days ago
98.

Liz    

Larry thinks he can use all women but he just might be stopped in his tracks real soon. I'm sure Opri is sorry she ever laid eyes on this money hungry liar.

2553 days ago
99.

Bahama Mama    

I love how Howard/Bonnie (Only Swim in the Ocean) can't stand Opri. Is it because she is a strong women and beat your little Bahamian shell game? The Bahamas just enforced a California judgement to force Anna to have Dannilynn take the paternity test no matter what Larry Sue says. Howard knew he was done and gave in with a backroom deal. Howard lost to a strong woman lawyer!!! Boo Hoo!


She took on all the thugs, threats and slander Larry Sue and Coward dished out... and she is still standing.

We women need to stick together against these gay users of weak women. Viva Opri!

2553 days ago
100.

ImWatchingYou    

92. As I said late August/early September, Cosby's preposterous book will hang both O'Quinn and Opri out to dry.

Posted at 10:27PM on Sep 24th 2007 by Only swim in the Ocean


for your sake i hope you are right... but my gutt says, you're i a bit of trouble darlin'

2553 days ago
101.

Liz    

I think Larry has been on tv slandering Rita Cosby too. She should also file a lawsuit against him.

2553 days ago
102.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

Here you go again, writing back and forth to yourself, and everyone on here knows you're a paid blogger -- and that paid bloggers are the ONLY ones on here who 'support' Howeird.

BTW, Are you going to Rita's big shin-dig? (She was obviously SO frightened by Sternoid threats.)

When is Stern-head going to sue her, as was threatened?

2553 days ago
103.

Wicked    

Anybody commenting on behalf of Opri has to be a paid blogger by Opri. What a righteous bitch this psycho is. Screw her.

2553 days ago
104.

john    

Opri will probably seek legal fees -- for the time it took her to draw up her complaints again him. And for lobster "working lunches" during her lunch breaks from the office, LOL!!!

She figures she'll bankrupt him, force him to defend himself against her. It's not as though she needs to pay a lawyer for filing lawsuits against him. She probably has no clients these days, so she has nothing better to do than sit around and think of ways to screw her ex-client, Larry. STAY AWAY FROM OPRI, YOU'LL GET SCREWED IN THE END -- AND IN THE BAD WAY.

2553 days ago
105.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

See: Opri does what she says she'll do ... SHE FILED.

Stern-head just threatens and cries and whines, apparently.

2553 days ago
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