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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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286.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    


CLOWN VIDEO

2543 days ago
287.

Liz    

Howard destroyed his own reputation by going on TV & claiming to be daddy to another man's child. He's told so many lies till I can't keep count.

Before ANS died he was known as her hanger-on that she supported in return for him supplying her with drugs. I don't think he's qualified for any other type work because he has no other experience. He's been to law school but never tried a single case on his own just lived off Anna.

2543 days ago
288.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    


BLUE M.

You are so right on target. What are the real issues again ? Everyone is going off on tangents not keeping to the topic and starting new topics and adding the entire facts of the case on every blog about ANNA NICOLE . Why is this ? Those of us who have been here since day one pretty much know all the particulars of the case, so why keep re-stateing them over and over till i wanna puke ! But i'll have to disagree with you about some people being uneducated, i'm amazed at how smart a lot of these folks are , even some of the bad ones are extremely smart with WAY too much time on their hands. lol and after all not everyone can be a smart as you and moi !

This is a public forum and personally i welcome all who wish to comment without fear from me making fun of spelling errors and such like. So i say , POST AWAY BLOGGERS! just try to keep on topic till TMZ gods give us a brand new thread to mess up.

2543 days ago
289.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING GRANDMA & DANIELYNN.......    

STERN IS A SICK, SICK MAN!! LAZY, EVIL, DESTROYS PEOPLES LIVES THEN GOES AROUND LOOKING LIKE 'POOOOOOR ME'.

HE DOESN'T , MURDERER !!!

2543 days ago
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING GRANDMA & DANIELYNN.......    

STERN IS A SICK, SICK MAN!! LAZY, EVIL, DRUG PUSHER, LIAR, AND MUCH MORE! DESTROYS PEOPLE'S INOCENT LIVES THEN HE GOES AROUND LOOKING LIKE 'POOOOOOR ME'. SATAN!

HE HASN'T FOOLED ME, MURDERER !!!

2543 days ago
291.

Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

I don't like Howard. But Rita is a liar and she has no proof of anything she wrote. She should have her butt sued off.

2543 days ago
292.

Steven Segall PIMP # 1    

The issue isn't about Howard K Stern's culpability regarding Anna and Daniel's passing.

The issue is that Rita printed a false allegation about a sex tape between Howard and Larry Birkhead.

If that tape exists, it would be ALL over the internet.
Rita, in her quest for her piece of the pie should have made sure it existed first hand by viewing it.

She got duped and blindsided by her enthusiasm for something that never existed in the first place.

ANY First rate journalist knows that you don't just take someone's "word" for it.

BTW, Who cares if Howard or Larry are gay? True or not, it's none of our business.

This whole saga is sad, none of these people involved are innocent. Except poor Dannielynn. She's being sold to the highest bidder.

That's not entertainment. That's a travesty.

Larry and Howard are lowlifes.








2543 days ago
293.

Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

Anyone who thinks that Larry was in any scheme with Howard must be posting from a mental hospital. Larry was not Howard's friend. Right now Larry has no choice but to go along with Howard. Howard controls everything of his daughters mother. Howard wanted to keep Dannylynn until he found that he could not. Get real.

2543 days ago
294.

Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

It looks like no one except Vergie and her relatives. Opri and Rita' People are on this site. What a bunch of paronids. Just because we don't like Howard don't mean we agree with Vergie. Vergie failed at raising Anna. Vergie is just as money hungrey as any of them. Anna hated Vergie. Anne broadcast it all over the world. Whether Anna was on drugs or not. A person does not show that much hate for a mother unless they really mean it. Anna wanted Vergie to stay away from her child. She said that to the world.

2543 days ago
295.

Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

It looks like no one except Vergie and her relatives. Opri and Rita' People are on this site. What a bunch of paronids. Just because we don't like Howard don't mean we agree with Vergie. Vergie failed at raising Anna. Vergie is just as money hungrey as any of them. Anna hated Vergie. Anne broadcast it all over the world. Whether Anna was on drugs or not. A person does not show that much hate for a mother unless they really mean it. Anna wanted Vergie to stay away from her child. She said that to the world.

2543 days ago
296.

Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

Larry is a good guy and a good father. He knew that Anna hated her mother. Now Vergie has shown what an evil person she is. No, I don't like Howard. I think he should be throughly investigated. Larry has no choice but to get along at this time with Howard. Anna named Howard as her personnal representative. Verigie would not make a good mother. Because she has not made a good mother.

2543 days ago
297.

Just leave Larry alone and let him do what he thinks is best    

Larry is Dannielynn's father and he loves her. Why anybody has made him sound worse than Howard, I do not know. Larry was not around Anna for a long time. Larry was not feeding Anna drugs. In fact Anna fled Larry because she thought he would take the child from her because he did not approve of her drug use. Dannylynn is Larry's pride and joy. I wish he would come on a show and let us know how Dannylynn has grown. I am curious. Larry remember..Evil people do evil things. Especially Vergie. Vergie has become evil. I don't know if she was in the beginning. But she certainly shows that all she wants is money right now. Anna was right. Her mother was evil. Howard looks suspicious. Why haven't the authorities investigated him. Do they think he is innocent??

2543 days ago
298.

Betsy    

Shrill woman. Tried to cash in on a story she hardly checked out. Since when do you report about a video you have never seen nor are really that close to the people who gave you this information. Time for Howard to stand up and say "enough" He is the only decent guy in all of this.

2543 days ago
299.

Jon's a grwon man...he did this to himself!    

232. I feel really bad for Rita Cosby. She went looking for a story to save her career.
If she had gone about it the correct way, she would have checked her sources first hand. Not relied on Mr. Controversy.
The sad fact remains that she was caught on tape trying to pay the nannies for their testimony.
Why didn't she make sure that there was a video and then view it for herself?
Most likely, there isn't one.
She should have been smart enough to make sure it existed.
She is never going to be taken seriously again. That's the end of her legitimate career.
She'll still make money from the tabloid press is my guess.
Rita...What happened to you?




Posted at 7:38PM on Nov 7th 2007 by Very Disapointed

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While I am disappointed that Rita did not leave when it shoulc have been clear a "shakedown" was occurring, I have a different take on what Rita was trying to do. She was caught on tape agreeing to pay to TALK to the nannies and, hopefully, talk to them about the alleged affidavit she believe they gave but has mysteriously disappeared. I do not believe she was there to influence their testimony, whatever that might be. She really thought they were honest people who would not lie (something that remains to be seen. I wish she had just left out the whole "gay" issue out of the book and allege a closer relationship to Stern than presented to the public. The book still would have sold.

IMO Rita would have most likely won the case against her even without talking directly to the nannies, as she believed her sources. However, after the Bahamas debacle, she really messed her position up. Sometimes it is just best to wait things out and show some patience.

Bottom line is, she better hope that they can obtain the evidence needed from the Bahamas, which is the main reason they did not want an expedited discovery.

Rita has the same right as Stern to defend herself. She should have been allowed the time to work within the Bahamian legal system in order to get the original tapes that Bain may have in his possession in order to get a clearer picture of this mess Rita got herself into in the Bahamas. Personally, I just don't understand Bain and Thompson's motives for setting Rita up. This is what really smells in this whole fiasco. Why???!!!

2542 days ago
300.

Mary    

Post 280.

Please....

the innocent child is best kept out of the public spotlight. LB made a terrible mistake when he sold multiple publicity sessions of himself with her! The original bonding session was the only one the mass public was interested in seeing since he was fought by Anna Nicole's personal lawyer(s) for months to even see his biological daughter. LB, keep this child shielded from the eyes of the public as you should have done from the beginning and, hopefully, before it is all over you will move her to Kentucky where she can be raised with dignity. Why did you ever move into that house adjoining the "friendly" psychiatrist?

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