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Howard K: Gay, Schmay, Now You Pay

9/2/2008 8:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Howard K Stern says he smells the two rats who allegedly concocted lies and fed them to Rita Cosby in her tell-all book -- and the rodents are Jackie Hatten and Mark Speer, Larry Birkhead's former bodyguard.

TMZ has obtained a copy of a defamation lawsuit Stern just filed in L.A. County Superior Court. He claims Hatten -- the sister of Anna Nicole Smith's crazy ex-con ex-boyfriend Mark -- fed lies to Cosby, including the one that Stern gave lip service to Larry B ... in a Paris Hilton kind of way. Cosby's already been sued for publishing the allegation ... et tu, Jackie.

And there's more ... Stern is also suing Mark Speer, the dude Debra Opri hired to bodyguard Birkhead. Larry fired Speer, and Stern claims the scorned heavy then made up lies, which he spoon fed to Cosby. The alleged lies include claims that Stern was stealing money from Anna and striking back door deals with Birkhead over Dannielynn.

Stern is suing Hatten and Speer for unspecified damages.

BTW, Mark Hatten was busted for DUI today.

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76.

mm    

Larry Birkhead, J. Hatten, Wilma, N.Collins ... WERE sources for R. Cosby book.L.Birkhead and his friend J. Hatten told many lies about HK Stern in order to put him in prison, but they failed.Larry Fairyhead has no reason to feel safe details and stories about his nasty, dirty lifestyle (gay lovers ,cocaine ,male escort) will be exposed on Cosby trial.Howard knows all about Fairyhead's dirty secrets.V Arthur is old, greedy, pitiful person, the whole world knows that fact..She called H.Stern double murderer, impotent homosexual on tv , and tabloid press, internet forums..But the whole world knows who V.Arthur is, the army of lawyers will not change that.

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77.

Howard Supporter    

"Wilma has to cough up information she provided to Cosby for her book even after the cut-off date of 03/27/07, even if that information was not used in the book. This is big. We all saw Cosby's book previewed on TMZ months before its publication. Now we'll see what monikers belonged to whom and sort out the innocent bloggers expressing their personal opinions from the ones directed by Wilma or made by Wilma herself. Wilma's testimony will also clear up the 'blog wars' by revealing which person was making up their 'inside' information in posts (for whatever reason) versus those who were actually funneling the O'Q investigation and legal strategy from the O'Q Law Firm.

I expect Wilma's blog entries to show that the majority of perceived 'Virgie bashing' was instigated by O'Q's people using many different monikers simultaneously to create the appearance of pages and pages of (fake) 'Stern supporters' bad-mouthing their legally irrelevant Client. With Wilma forced to sit for a deposition in the Federal case it's reasonable to expect HKS to zoom in on this area of questioning when a similar order for Wilma's deposition is provided to HKS/Wood in McCabe's State lawsuit against 'bloggers'."


Posted at 11:13PM on Sep 8th 2008 by Only swim in the Ocean

The only third-parties who received info from the PI's that are EXEMPT from WV and DC testimony are the law enforcement agencies they contacted. Somewhere in that 65 page ruling it is mentioned by the court and the FBI is named as off limits. At the moment I cannot recall that context of the ruling and am wondering what the FBI has to do with it other than the fact that DC is retired FBI. Letters and memos have already been entered into evidence as exhibits containing the DC correspondence with the Medical Examiner's Office and the Florida Attorney General...also Broward County Sheriff's Dept. etc. The latter overlaps into the SC case and the stolen property (computers), etc.

As the judge stated so emphatically--and just paraphrasing here--most of this information from the private investigators has already been made public!

You wrote:

"in the Federal case it's reasonable to expect HKS to zoom in on this area of questioning when a similar order for Wilma's deposition is provided to HKS/Wood in McCabe's State lawsuit against 'bloggers'."

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I never really took it that far ahead when thinking about all this, as a matter of fact it never occurred to me that Wilma would be a defense witness in the state case. or a third-party 'fact' witness subpoened for deposition. This is becoming rather convoluted to say the least. :-)

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78.

Howard Supporter    

PS to my previous post:

These law enforcement entities as well as the ME's office are scheduled witnesses for HKS and ONE of the reasons for Florida jurisdiction so as to accommodate said witnesses in the place where ANS died and her death investigated--officially. Also, it is the place where the burial proceeding took place--and where the TORT was committed (all ruled by the judge in the jurisdictional opinion).

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79.

Howard Supporter    

HKS/Wood are doing a good job rounding up people that have so far refused to testify. Speer is Opri's employee and Jackie is just MIA. Since there is only one truth either of them could provide, this is not an effort to 'silence witnesses' that bolster Cosby's position, rather it's an attempt to get them to speak in the first place. Speer or Hatten couldn't possibly have something different to say when being deposed by either Cosby's people or HKS's people.

Even Cosby's Publisher has been trying to hunt down Hatten to testify to her claims that she made to Cosby in an effort to get Cosby off the hook because Cosby could then be perceived to have been reasonably relying on someone she believed to have 'inside' information.

Cosby also testified in her deposition for HKS that Wilma had 'discoverable material' when fingering Clark/Wilma as two of her sources.

Cosby might even get off the hook if she simply disclosed publicly that O'Q's people and others convinced her that what they told her was the absolute truth and apologized for never having checked out her sources. Then the general population would know that the only suspicions in the ANS saga were those falsely and deliberately perpetrated by O'Q's people for their own fame and fortune and without regard to VA's position in the story or the baby, DL. Even VA by now must realize that part of the reason McCabe filed his stupid 'bloggers' lawsuit was to demonstrate to VA that they didn't just use and abuse her as a means to their own ends.

Speak now Cosby and begin to restore your personal and professional reputation.

Discard the O'Q/McCabe people now VA if you really want to be part of DL's life.

Posted at 11:57PM on Sep 8th 2008 by Only swim in the Ocean

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Not sure I agree with you on this other than the obvious fact that Speer and Hatten lied through their teeth to Cosby and anybody else that would listen to them when asked. I'm not sure exactly where Debra Opri enters this picture and when but she is the elephant in the room and an OBVIOUS contributor to Cosby's sensational and GROSS/DISGUSTING book. Even if Opri DID distance herself from the ludicrous book party in NYC and wept on Access Hollywood as she described her bizarre dreams of ANS pleading with her from a 'mist' ...not to mention her so-called airing of dirty laundry about Larry in a public court filing (!)...she is a fruitcake like all the rest of the company she kept and was co-opted LONG AGO and far away. IMO Opri was ALWAYS part of Team Texas--just watch the videos from the Seidlin court and all the huggies that encompassed the STARS of that fiasco, as well as the courtroom antics and the grating voice of Debra Opri. UGH.

Having said all that--I will just have to disagree with your sentiments that Cosby might possibly have a conscience and come clean to save herself. Bah, humbug--this woman HAS no conscience! She voluntarily (or for $$$) did the unthinkable and forever ruined her former career--a career that had already witnessed her firing from MSNBC and FNC after she had been reduced to a breathless gossip traipsing to the Bahamas and embracing ANS's mother.

IMO Cosby maliciously and deliberately published a book she KNEW was filled with lies and pornography and her party friends' appearance in NYC for a GROUP PHOTO OP--speaks volumes. The circle was complete (barring Opri). They had accomplished the UNTHINKABLE, paraded it on the internet by paid bloggers for WV before the book was ever released--rejoiced in the PORN and gay bashing and the proud MOTHER of ANS stood beaming before a blown-up poster of her beautiful deceased daughter. This is totally disgusting and speaks volumes about a MOTHER who literally basked in the limelight of the people who trashed and bashed her daughter.




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80.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



You aren't fooling anyone EMMETT ,

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81.

Only swim in the Ocean    

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Having said all that--I will just have to disagree with your sentiments that Cosby might possibly have a conscience and come clean to save herself. Bah, humbug--this woman HAS no conscience! She voluntarily (or for $$$) did the unthinkable and forever ruined her former career--a career that had already witnessed her firing from MSNBC and FNC after she had been reduced to a breathless gossip traipsing to the Bahamas and embracing ANS's mother.

IMO Cosby maliciously and deliberately published a book she KNEW was filled with lies and pornography and her party friends' appearance in NYC for a GROUP PHOTO OP--speaks volumes. The circle was complete (barring Opri). They had accomplished the UNTHINKABLE, paraded it on the internet by paid bloggers for WV before the book was ever released--rejoiced in the PORN and gay bashing and the proud MOTHER of ANS stood beaming before a blown-up poster of her beautiful deceased daughter. This is totally disgusting and speaks volumes about a MOTHER who literally basked in the limelight of the people who trashed and bashed her daughter.

Posted at 9:46AM on Sep 9th 2008 by Facts, please
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Yes, I certainly see your point and agree with your characterization of Cosby's actions, her damnable book and those who openly supported it.

I was speaking primarily in terms of a legal strategy that Cosby might employ to mitigate her damages by throwing her sources under the bus in the same way O'Q has done with Clark, Wilma and her bloggers. Rather than an act of conscience, I'm thinking that Cosby might have an epiphany of practicality and survival.

• I have been thinking this is a possibility from the day Opri and Hatten both adamantly denied the obvious (that they were both sources) yet O'Q/VA openly embraced and supported Cosby. It seemed from the date of publication of her book that only O'Q/VA thought they had Cosby under control and Opri/Hatten immediately ran for cover from the possible legal fall-out.

• And when 'nannygate' occurred, I gave Cosby the benefit of the doubt that she couldn't be that incredibly stupid and must have thought that Clark/Wilma were solid when they assured her a sex-tape existed.

• Then the part of her deposition that was leaked to the media before it was sealed showed she was almost apoplectic and needed a break and a Lawyer consult before answering questions on the record about Wilma. She did finally say that Wilma likely had discoverable materials but that they would bolster Cosby's poor view of HKS rather than support a positive picture. Seems she was still sure her sources were rock solid back then. Of course she also said Clark/Wilma were sources for her book and couldn't understand why Clark would deny it repeatedly on TV shows. Then Cosby disappeared from public view and it seems her Publisher took over the legal strategy.

This progression of events makes me think Cosby was deliberately used and abused to some extent by O'Q/Clark/Wilma as O'Q sought control of a fellow Texan's substantial fortune without regard to common decency, the Law or the effects of a rotten, disgraceful and salacious legacy with which he would saddle innocent DL.

Media-whores like Cosby, particularly the ones who play the potty-mouth, blond bimbo role probably don't have a conscience. They will sensationalize any story at any one's expense hoping to hit the jackpot every so often and the potential millions that come along with stories that catch the public's interest. As long as the money is in the bank, I don't think people like her even care how vile and despicable their actions were to get the cash.

As I implied above, I don't think Cosby is entirely in charge anymore. Hachette Books is footing her bill and will cover her losses and they seem to be pursuing evidence that their Author reasonably relied upon sources. Similarly, O'Q has thrown his Law Firm's employees, Clark and Wilma, under the bus, hoping to escape personal liability for damages and having his Law Firm's Insurance cover any losses deemed to have been caused by its employees rather then him. I don't know what happens then to Wilma's bloggers - maybe O'Q suddenly knows them all and says that they are his Law Firm's employees too if they haven't been or aren't already.

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82.

Howard Supporter    

Swims

It's interesting to contemplate another perspective such as yours which, in turn, helps me to rationally think it through when possible. Without sounding a tad ornery and combative, I always knew you had wrestled with this thinking and posted many times as to the possible legal strategies being employed by Team Texas. However, Liz McNamara seems to be on a relative crash course considering her frantic efforts to corral Larry in CA DEMANDING personal and private papers--reams of them--which have now been deemed HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL by Judge Chin. The outrageous demands for Larry to somehow produce transcripts of the Bahamian Inquest is one example; another is her insane demand for Larry's personal and confidential DNA results regarding paternity! This is simply beyond the beyond AFAIC This does not sound like an attorney seeking reasonable resolution which is the AIM of the court, nor does it speak much of a credible defense in a civil suit. Perhaps Hatchette Publishing may wish to take this course, but somehow such a method as pursued by McNamara belies same.

As a layperson I can only look at the facts and see that severe damage was done by a ghastly and salacious book written by Cosby and published as such by Hatchette. Piggybacking on the release of the book we can add Wilma V and her paid bloggers to inundate the internet with salacious details as told by Hatten and entourage; non-credible nannies who disappear into the night , taking their tall tales with them into oblivion--in other words, a cast of characters fit for some sleazy X XX rated porn flick shot in the San Fernando Valley.

RC is liable and compensation must be meted out if the law means anything at all. I'm no expert on libel laws and all I know is the tabloid and garish Dominick Dunne who lost his mind about Gary Condit and settled (the first case) after three years and issued a statement of apology. Is this analagous in some small way to O'Quinn? Yes, I think so, but that was defamation and Cosby constitutes libel. All I know is that the INTENT of the law is to seek justice and I just don't see how justice can be obtained with a possible legal strategy of 'I didn't mean it' or "I believed all these losers because I though tthey were all fine and upstanding people' or "Jackie Hatten had the utmost credibility' or...whatever. LAME. The sad truth is that Cosby and Team Texas AND OPRI were out to 'get HKS' no matter what it took to do it. They couldn't do it legally in a court of law and prove anything of value against him and they knew it. So, they chose the filthy coward's way of HEARSAY and LIES.

So, in conclusion, most media whores eventually back off and away from the sensational and driven reporting as real facts come to light (GVS) but a book STANDS forever --it is the written word. Just a last aside regarding the Condit v Dunne case--as the case neared trial--Dunne became nervous (he was elderly) realized his deposition would be bizarre if released, which Wood threatened to do--and promptly settled. A reminder that Sept. 26th is scheduled in the Cosby case as the deadline for all pre-trial disclosure (depositions) and the judge scribbled a note on her letter requesting extension for same to Sept. 30th saying FINAL for Sept. 26th.

Sept. 26th is also the tentative release date of the transcript in Judge Rosenthal's court in Houston from the hearing on April 18 which transcript was filed June 26th.





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83.

Howard Supporter    

PS Sept. 26th is not only the final date for disclosures but there is ascheduled pre-trial conference to be held at 10:30 AM with Judge Chinin New York.

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84.

Maxine    

Can't believe you stupid people are still posting on this stupid story--Get lives losers!

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85.

Howard Supporter    

ORDER SETTING EX PARTE HEARING

This matter comes before the Court sua sponte. The Court is in receipt of the September 4, 2008, updated privilege log that Defendants provided to the Court as directed by the August 29, 2008, Omnibus Order. [D.E. 165]. The Court has reviewed the updated privilege log and underlying doc uments which Defendants contend are covered by work-product protection. Upon review of the doc uments, it is hereby ORDERED and ADJUDGED as follows:

1. An ex parte hearing will be held with respect to the doc uments which Defendants contend are covered by work-product protection. The hearing will be held on Monday, September 15, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., at the U.S. Courthouse, 299 East Broward Boulevard, Courtroom 310, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Because this matter involves materials that Defendants assert are covered by work-product protection, only counsel for Defendants shall attend the hearing.

2. Counsel for Defendants shall bring a copy of the underlying doc uments listed on the amended privilege log with them to the September 15, 2008, hearing.

DONE AND ORDERED at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this 9th day of September, 2008.
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ROBIN S. ROSENBAUM
United States Magistrate Judge

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86.

testing    

Thank you Swims and Facts, please - for your intelligent comments and the issuing of inciteful info and facts to date, which I might add will go right over the majority of bloggers heads on this site. Needless to say it is very quiet here and noone is debating with either of you. Could it be deemed the usual bunch of blogging hypocrites are running scared. I wonder WHY!!!

Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading your posts enormously.

2144 days ago
87.

diva    

Does anyone else wonder what Larry did for DL's second birthday, since her first was such a media event? I wonder if he even thought about it. I am glad she is out of the spotlight, but I still feel so sorry for her.

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88.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    

Dear Fay , Actually no one is commenting to Emmet's comments because we have heard it all before nothing " inciteful" to be found . Grow up you big babies.

2144 days ago
89.

Maxine    

Virgie has not won anything. The only thing she has gained is weight.

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90.

Only swim in the Ocean    

87. Does anyone else wonder what Larry did for DL's second birthday, since her first was such a media event? I wonder if he even thought about it. I am glad she is out of the spotlight, but I still feel so sorry for her.

Posted at 4:18AM on Sep 10th 2008 by diva
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US Magazine has a cover story with beautiful pictures of DL.

http://www.usmagazine.com/news/see-what-anna-nicoles-daughter-looks-like-now

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