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Judge to Rita Cosby -- Something Fishy

11/6/2007 9:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A judge has ruled that there's a lot of evidence that former MSNBC anchor turned author Rita Cosby crossed the line in writing her tell-all book about Anna Nicole Smith.

Howard K. Stern is suing Cosby, claiming she defamed him in the book by saying there are witnesses -- two nannies -- who say Anna Nicole had a video of Stern and Larry Birkhead having sex.

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York issued an order today in the wake of Stern's allegation that Cosby "sought to tamper with two witnesses by offering to pay them thousands of dollars for their testimony." The judge allowed Stern to probe the allegation, concluding he has "presented substantial -- indeed troubling -- evidence that Cosby has sought to improperly influence witnesses..."

In a statement to TMZ, Rita Cosby said <"I am pleased that the Court will get to the bottom of these unfounded allegations. I trust that when all the facts come out that a very different picture will be shown."

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Deb H    

Let the depositions begin...Will you plead the 5th? Will you twist and spin? Wish I could be a fly on the wall! TELL THE REAL TRUTH RITA! IMO...Minimizing your behavior will only sink you deeper!

2499 days ago
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Cheryl    

maybe judge knows howard K Stern too!! after all, Anna & her son died of drugs & Florida or the bahamas did anything about it!! also insider tonight happy to put Howard K Stern on a pedastle!!! makes me sick!!!

2498 days ago
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K.D. Orr    

Howard K. Smith seems to be the only person, besides Anna's children, who truly cared about her. . She kept him around because that is what she wanted and she trusted him. Her position that people were only trying to make money off of her seems to have played out after the fact. Her family, her business associates, the judge in the probate trial and even Larry Birkhead have all cashed in on her one way or the other. She could trust no one that is obvious. I haven't seen Howard do anything except to work tirelessly to protect Anna, baby Dannylynn and Anna's legacy. Rita Cosby, Anna's "Mommy Dearest", Jackie Hatten and that crew, should all be ashamed of themselves. They have shown the world what a bunch of parasites they really are. I'm with Howard!!

2498 days ago
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what    

Art Harris and Bains are leaking information from the deposition. The deposition was asked to be sealed. The Judge is ruling on this fact. This is supposed to be a Federal Investigation. No one is supposed to leak information. So why is it being leaked? Should the Fed Judge be informed of this leaking? Is it coming from L Woods Office?

2497 days ago
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these people are a joke    

Hey Drama Continues - agree with you totally. Everyone on these TMZ websites who sit here and bash Stern continuously are obviously paid Virgie Arthur bloggers and John O'Quinn is footing the bill. O'Quinn is behind this and who even knows that possibly even TMZ with its spin on everything to do with these storis to make Stern look bad has their hands in O'Quinn's wealthy pocket as well.

Hey O'Quinn, your going down!!!

2496 days ago
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these people are a joke    

Art Harris and Bains are leaking information from the deposition. The deposition was asked to be sealed. The Judge is ruling on this fact. This is supposed to be a Federal Investigation. No one is supposed to leak information. So why is it being leaked? Should the Fed Judge be informed of this leaking? Is it coming from L Woods Office?

Posted at 12:18AM on Nov 17th 2007 by Did you read?

God are you sick or what. What did you do you moron do your own investigation into this. What are you a registered PI. Another stupid moron with stupid ass comments! Go kiss Vergie's big fat rear end, will you?

2496 days ago
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Puh-lease    

Art Harris at "The Bald Truth" has much better coverage of Anna Nicole, including the inquest into her son's death which starts tomorrow (Monday 11/19) and the libel lawsuit. His website is www.artharris.com, and the RSS feed is at www.artharris.com/feed

For the record, I am not in any way affiliated with the man or his website. I just enjoy the far more detailed coverage, and I think others will as well.

2495 days ago
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Cheryl    

This JUDGE IS STUPID!! & what is going on in this world? a person can get away with MURDERING 2 people & no-one seems to care, EXCEPT RITA!! thanks Rita. fight all those no-good people, I wonder just how many higher up in the law persons KNOW howard K stern?

2472 days ago
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eyeamtym    

they are all gross. that lady is loud too. howard stern should stay to doing radio. i know i know different guy.

http://myspace.com/nemerom

2507 days ago
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Liz    

I think Howard Stern has gotten a bad rap with all of this....yeah he may have been a hanger on but it was a mutually consenting relationship regardless of what any one might think.
I hope he can somehow get past all of this and get on with his life.

2507 days ago
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THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    


Go RIta !

2507 days ago
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baz    

You go Howard... It is so obvious from all the interviews previously given by Rita Cosby that she is a big liar who just may have gone too far this time. Can't say anything good about someone who has become pals with that dreadful gold digger, Fergie.

2507 days ago
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Sad    

This is Howard K. Stern, the creepy leach that appeared with Anna Nicole in public carrying her purse. NOT the Howard Stern of radio!! For Gods sake!
Howard is not going to win. Another distraction tactic. That's all the evil guy is about. Don't forget the Inquest into Daniel's early death was postponed until Nov 19th. Howard will stoop lower than we've ever seen him .. the guy is desparate!!

2507 days ago
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windy    

thank god rita wrote a book so we don't have 2 hear that raspy voice.

2507 days ago
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Weirdenstein    

Leeches!

2507 days ago
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