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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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scooby dooer    

the dude on the left looks like he is belongs in the fashion biz....

the dude on the right, looks like he should be cooking tacos or bussing tables at dennys late nite...

2459 days ago
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and by the way    

Dateline Hollywood –
LATIN SIREN BEDS TYCOON PLAYBOY AND SINGS TO FRIENDS
Insiders say that star-struck wannabe actress Fernanda Romero (mentioned in this lawsuit) couldn’t keep quiet about her new 'boyfriend' after a liaison with Justin Murdock.   Was the romance real or was she just smitten with Justin’s million$?  Makes you wonder if her gold digging and affairs upset her pizza boy husband.  Pina Coladas for everyone!

2458 days ago
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L.Murdock    

It seems that Justin is the 'new rich man' for female goldiggers, wannabees, etc.
What does daddy think about his she****ns?
That is the question.

Justin needs a friend that father does not want anyone to know, it is called family.

1441 days ago
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