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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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61.

windy    

my gf says cuteass is right.

2506 days ago
62.

CURIOUS    

it all looks good or bad, depending on which side ur on. but i will reserve judgement until the facts come out in court. do facts or lies come out in court? from florida, it seems BOTH come out in court. sheesh!

2506 days ago
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING GRANDMA & DANIELYNN.......    

TO POSTER 33- You say That Rita didn't know much about Anna's life to write a book. Well, let me tell you creepy sternoid supporter. Rita knows a heck of alot more about Anna than LIN WOOD KNOWS ABOUT THIS Anna/Stern SAGA I BET LIN WOOD DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHO DANIEL SMITH WAS, yet he comes out and defends evil Stern fuilty image like he knew left and write the lives of Stern, Anna and Daniel. THAT IS CRAP!

RITA'S BOOK ITS GREAT!, EVENTHOUGH SHE DIDN'T INTERVIEW THE NANNIES FIRST IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE GAY TAPE DOESN'T EXIST. The nannies know a lot and a whole lot more, they just want big money now to talk again!!! period..

2506 days ago
64.

Studio    

Rita got in bed with Virgie and this is what she gets. She knew there was NO tape and she knows Jackie Hatten has never met Larry and so she had to try and BRIBE the nannies. She said she would never get sued , but she did. I'm sure O'Quinn said DON'T WORRY. Virgie invited Rita to the furneral of Anna's , O'Quinn was Virgie's attorney then, so just follow the trail. This book of lies was for Virgie to get Dannielynn away from Larry and then get what ever monies that came her way. Was it not Virgie that said she didn't want the money. But every action she has done is FOR THE MONEY. Now Virgie is going after Daniel's
estate, what did Daniel leave a sock in Texas. And why dose she think she should get anything from Daniel. That estate goes to Dannielynn IF there is anything or Daniel's father not Virgie. Funny she thinks she should have it all. Well, her showing her fat ass with Rita at the book signing tells me a lot about her. Virgie Author never loved Anna or Daniel, but she sure loves them DEAD. MONEY MONEY MONEY

2506 days ago
65.

Janeanne    

I HOPE RITA COSBY GETS WHAT SHE DESERVES. SHE HAD NO BASIS FOR THE INFO IN HER BOOK EXCEPT THAT SHE WANTED REVENGE FOR BEING KICKED OUT OF THE GATHERING AFTER THE FUNERAL. GO HOWARD K. AND LIN WOOD!!

2506 days ago
66.

Barbara    

HOWARD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO STUCK BY ANNA...IT WAS EVEDENT HE ADORED HRE...SHE KEPT HIM AROUND BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO REALLY CARED FOR HER AND PUT UP WITH ALL HER S.###LARRY LEFT HER WHEN SHE WAS IN TROUBLE..NO BODY COULD HAVE STOPPED HER DRUG ADDICTION..OF COURSE HOWARD SHOULD HAVE STOPPED HER BUT HE AT LEAST STAYED NEAR HERAND WATCHED OUT FOR HER

2506 days ago
67.

malvolio    

...consensual, consensual, consensual! he was an enabler. blaming him for ans' actions is like blaming the doctors. wake-up! she was totally in charge. she was an addict, she would have got the pills/dope somewhere. if stern had told her no, it would have been bye-bye. he chose to stay and allow her to do her sick little thing. did he have to try to capatilize on it to make a buck? of course not. but if he did, bfd! go work in a soup-kitchen if you can't take the injustice. bottom line is, the whole sit.was slimey as hell, and again, all of it was consensual, even "adult" daniel's participation...

2506 days ago
68.

willspy4money@aol.com    

I wish I could tell you that I was surprised! Howard is right as white on rice! To all of you Howard Bashers hear this! He did nothing other than to be a friend and could never have wished these terrible events on his worst enemy! Even that Benny Hill impersonator, AKA Vergie!
Oh Rita, Girlfriend you are sooooo lucky that this is not the middle ages, you would be hung upside down by your ankles and all your stuff showing as the judges dunked in cold water untill you confessed that you forgot to do your homework for some assignment....a fairy tale or book, not sure! They did not have 'videos' but hell you cant seem to find that either...........LOL! as for the quote ' get to the bottom' Oh they will, that is a sure thing! Rita repent and tell the publishers to pay L. Lin Wood and get all this behind you.....your next assignment will be as a researcher in some library in Bogota!
You took advantage of a man when he was already kicked and beaten and now it is your turn........enjoy the press! Sweetie!
And I enjoyed what you had to say about me in your story ...too bad we never got a chance to chat..........I had some good stuff, Hmm! that would not have worked well, all of what I had to say was the truth.

John J. Nazarian, Private Investigator

2506 days ago
69.

Studio    

When this all comes out in the wash, you will see O'Quinn started the lies about Howard and drugs. Remember he was the one that said there was7 life insurances and they were all in Howards name. LIE LIE AND MORE LIES. He did a good job bashing Howard just what a good attorney dose. But he got caught and Howard is sueing him too. GOOD FOR HOWARD.. It's time people can go after attorneys that de fame a person and think they can get away with it. Just like Rita, time for people to be able to file suit against a writer when they write a book that is false. Howard and Larry are the only ones in this mess that have protected Anna's name and Dannielynn, not anyone else. All the rest have done there best to take money from Dannielynn. Wow, what great people.

2506 days ago
70.

willspy4money@aol.com    

Fishy? LOL ....... just keep O'l Rita out of the sun and the smell should go away! And what a team did you all see that boyfriend of her's..........it looked like girl's night out!

2506 days ago
71.

LoLo    

Oh wait-so Howard Stern is having his life affected by a money-hungry manipulating deceitful opportunist? Can anyone say karma?

2506 days ago
72.

MoGalinCa    

She's the biggest liar of them all.
I just hope the judge see through all her BS

2506 days ago
73.

Rockin    

Rita is a pig and she smells....no wonder they booted her fat ass off of TV

2506 days ago
74.

Sparticus    

I dont care for H. Stern ,but Rita has proved to the world she is really a low life deep down!!

2506 days ago
75.

T    

He may be an opportunist, but it was plainly Obvious that he was infatuated/"inlove" w/ Anna. That was just apparent. Plus, he's a lawyer. If he just actually WORKED he'd make his own d*mn money. Rita is just fishing for book sales. period

2506 days ago
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