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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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76.

runner1014    

What the hell is she talking about? She is so busted its ridiculous!

2551 days ago
77.

tba    

She's a fraud and toast....Stern will soon own everything she's got and deservedly so.

2551 days ago
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dominatrixdebraopri....    

I read the book than I returned it, to the store said it should of been called "Delusional thoughts of a has been journalist"Full of lies an inuendo, every single person that she thought she interviewed has come forward to say " rita who?" she is a disgrace to her community, an career.
few weeks ago she was braggin on TV n how no one from camp Stern or Birkhead had either commented on her trash, an that when she was asked by etv"have you ever seen the video of the boys doing the nasty" she said NO,but had reliable sources that had seen it WHERE IS THE PYSICAL EVIDENCE CROSBY????
she just assumed that the dumb jump up maids would be too scared, to SAY anything against her, she did not cover her butt now the lawyer for the maids are saying they never spoke or knew Crosby. There is no evidence there will be no more book it will be recalled andCrosby she will be history.
You go maids!!!!!!!

2551 days ago
79.

Kat153    

Rita jumped the gun on this one. She took the word of a third party who told her there was a video and the nanny's could verify it. It was Anna's bodygaurd i think. Later, when neither nanny would talk to her she pushed the issue knowing she had put it in her book. Later, the same guy goes on Larry King and denies ever telling Rita about the video, even though she has a taped phone conversation with him where he clearly tells her about a video and the nanny's. She took the word of a third party and put it in her book before talking to the nanny's and it just might cost her a whole lot of money. Howard is certainly not an upstanding person but it looks like he just might win his case..IMO.

2551 days ago
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dominatrixdebraopri....    

HEY RITA THE SAME PEOPLE YOU MEET UP THE LADDER ARE THE SAME GOING DOWN HOPE YOUR KNEES DON'T HURT TOO BAD BUT HELL MAYBE SHOVING SOMETHING IN YOUR DIRTY MIGHT STOP YOU FROM MAKING THOSE SAME MISTAKES AGAIN!!!

2551 days ago
81.

Connie    

Who hates this pinch-faced witch?

2551 days ago
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING GRANDMA & DANIELYNN.......    

It looks like witchy looking Bonnie Stern is defending her evil brother. Keep on typing witch nobody reads all your trash

2551 days ago
83.

mimicoco    

Go Howard!

2551 days ago
84.

Kelli    

I remember the moment sitting in front of my kids school she died and it came over the radio. I was very shaken and blamed hks at the moment. But now? Who knows whos fault it was.

2551 days ago
85.

juls    

You go Howard K. Stern Good Luck.

2551 days ago
86.

abby    

stern can win this lawsuit and cosby will pay NOTHING because that is what his reputation is worth....this is a man who by his own admission got narcotics in His name for ans to take before during and after her pregnancy(he told fla police that). he sold the woman's funeral to a TV show and made all those horrible videos of ans obviously impaired by drugs...and please no one start in about how he was too weak to stand up to ans. the man can stand up to rita cosby, the media, bikhead, virgie, o'quinn, the bahamian government and the list goes on. he is no weakling. his actions have proven him qite the opposite. stern couldn't have made her stop using, but he could have intervened. he CHOSE not to. even when she was pregnant with an innocent child that he claimed could have been his. this man's reputation is worthless. rita cosby did not damage him. he had already ruined himself.

2551 days ago
87.

Lenn K.    

I've tried to stay away from the obsessive folks on the Anna Nicole nutline, but I knew that Howard didn't do a thing and that he and Larry Birkhead were not gay. Rita is soooo screwed and not only has she lost her job on television, she lost the last oz of creditability that she had!!

2551 days ago
88.

Boo Hoo    

For $60 million she can claim that I slept with Howard, Larry and Anna's pet dogs. I will put a bug in the nannies ears.

2551 days ago
89.

Jan    

I don't care who Howard sleeps with but I do think he gave Daniel and Anna the drugs that killed them both. He should be held accountable for that.

2551 days ago
90.

Kelli    

For once Lenn K. we are on the same page. WOW!

2551 days ago
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