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Fashion Photog Klinko Sues Jeans Exec for $50 Mil

10/18/2007 6:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hotshot fashion lensman Markus Klinko is taking on embattled Rock & Republic Founder/CEO Michael Ball yet again, suing him for libel after Ball called him "a lunatic" and "a scary guy" in a magazine interview -- and this time he's demanding a whopping $50 million!
Marcus Klinko and Michael Ball
In this week's issue of DNR, the men's fashion industry trade magazine, Ball slams the photographer as "Klinko on the brinko," and says, "What do you say to a lunatic? ... If you see this guy's rap sheet he's a scary guy." In his lawsuit, filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court, Klinko calls Ball's jabs "false and defamatory" and alleges that Ball "deliberately sought to discredit plaintiff and hold him out for ridicule and humiliation."

These two have plenty of history: Klinko reportedly dated Ball's ex-fiancee, and even sued Rock & Republic earlier this year for breach of contract, alleging that he didn't get paid for work he performed.

Meanwhile, as TMZ first reported, Ball is also facing a sexual harassment suit from a former employee who alleges that Michael tried to "stick his hands down" her pants and made multiple lewd remarks toward her. It's a ballin' good time over there!

Rock & Republic didn't respond to a request for comment.
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Karin    

TMZ should get this guy's rap sheet so we can for ourselves!

2476 days ago
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What Would Xmas Be Without Warrants Served In Annas Death    

He got the "scary guy" part right. Yikes.

2476 days ago
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Dee Dee Dee    

Why didn't you report on Jill Ishkanian's $55 million lawsuit against Us Weekly? You report on this, and you even broke the story about the FBI "raid" on her house last May (2006), yet suspicously you don't report on the lawsuit. Seems fishy to me!!!

2476 days ago
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Fashionista    

I totally support Markus Klinko in this.
Ball is a loser and I cant wait till he's kicked out of the industry for good. What a coincidence that he has problems with Markus Klinko, Victoria Beckham, and others....what a shady guy this is.

2476 days ago
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Vicky    

Who is Markus klinko?

2476 days ago
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kim    

yikes, klinko needs a cheeseburger!

2476 days ago
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notaceleb    

In all seriousness - my sincerest apolgies, Harvey. Did somebody Photoshop this guy's head off an Auschwitz death camp pic? That is downright creepy. Besides, who is who in this pic?

2476 days ago
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Internet Website Designs    

not a good look for this guy

2476 days ago
9.

P-Type    

Spooky like Mark Anthony- Exo- Skeleton- Where did you get the skin 2 glue on your Skeleton? EXO-SKELETON- So Scary- Call the cops!!!!!

2476 days ago
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P-Type    

So SPOOKY- Like Mark Anthony EXO-SKELETON!

2476 days ago
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funtimes    

isnt lil mikey ballicker also up for attempted rape and sexual harrassment charges on his employees ???

2475 days ago
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rico13    

fashion people are all crazy!..so what's new?..and yes they are creepy too!..the one in the pic is real ugly also..looks like a convict on meth!..

2475 days ago
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veredv    

all i have to say is that i know Markus for sometime and he is one of the nicest people i have ever met!!!!!
This guy is obviously trying to give him a bad rep.

and you know that phrase dont judge a book by its cover....................well its true!

2475 days ago
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RapidBurnout    

meth head!

2475 days ago
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mom    

I THINK IT'S TIME FOR THESE ACTRESSES TO HIRE THE "MOMARAZZI" TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE PAPARAZZI THAT ARE HARRASSING THEM AND THEN TURN THOSE PICTURES OVER TO THE LA SHERRIFFS OFFICE FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES OF HARRASSMENT AND STALKING. I have pulled together a team of people that would be willing to do what the LA police won't do, stop the harassment. lanadearest@hotmail.com

2475 days ago
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