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Cook's Crappy Defense: Belushi's Ghost Owns Me

9/22/2008 3:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dane Cook is dragging the ghosts of John Belushi and Steve Martin into a nasty legal battle over dog poop -– despite the fact that one of the comics isn't even dead yet!
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After a judge ruled to evict Cook from his Hollywood apartment last month because nobody picked up after the comic's crap-happy dog, Dane has decided to fight the decision with one of the most bizarre legal arguments we've ever heard –- that Belushi and Martin's supernatural leftovers have a serious affect on his career.

Cook claims he only rented the apartment in the first place because his heroes, Belushi and Martin, used to live in the same complex back in the day, and according to the court docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, he would suffer serious "mental and emotional" damage -- and his career would crumble -- if he was forced to leave. In the docs, Cook claims, "I know that the presence of those that have lived there before me affects me deeply and provides me with inspiration."

Cook went on to say, "In the same way that writers can get writer's block, comedians can really easily run out of ideas and 'stories'; I am extremely frightened that this will happen to me if I am forced to move out of my apartment. I've seen it happen to other comics, that something interferes with their connection to their creative muse, and it's destroyed careers."

In the three pages of desperate begging and pleading for the judge to hear his appeal, Cook also adds that he will cut a $40,000 check to the owner of the apartment ASAP to cover all of the suffering that his dookie-droppin' doggie has caused, if he is allowed to stay.

No word if Cook channeled Belushi to pen this appeal -– but it did smell suspiciously like a bottle of Jack Daniels.


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I think fame has made Dane CRAZY

2221 days ago


Didn't TMZ just tell us that he recently bought a $7 million dollar home in Hollywood? Why would he need the apartment?

2221 days ago


Dane Cook is a no talent loser who is obviously demented too.

2221 days ago


Ooooohh! No he didn't!

2221 days ago

for real?    

some one should let Dane Cook know he's really not funny - nor is a he even a half way decent actor - moving out and losing his 'muse' def won't hurt his performance... he really can't get much worse.

2221 days ago


I thought a few weeks back you guys posted a picture of his new house he just bought? Whatever happened to that to make him keep begging for this place??

2221 days ago


"In the same way that writers can get writer's block, comedians can really easily run out of ideas and 'stories'; That's why he steals everybody else's material! He is the unfunniest person on the planet. How is he even employed, seriously?

2221 days ago

artie help    

this guy is a tool and comedic plagerist.

2221 days ago


Poor Dane Cook.

Obviously he suffers from A.D.Dee-de-dee!

2221 days ago


Check your grammar TMZ. "serious effect" -- not "affect".

2221 days ago


this just proves what I have known all along-DANE COOK IS NOT FUNNY!

2221 days ago


Steve Martin is dead?

2221 days ago

northern gypsy    

what happened to the new digs he bought ??? hummm... maybe the financing didn't go through...more like he has to stay there !!!...

2221 days ago


Do any of you knuckleheads not see this as anything but him being Dane Cook. Making fun of people with ridiculous lawsuits.

Once again, people coming on here claiming he is not funny. Yet he has sold millions of cds. And he is funny.

For the guy that claims he is a plageristic comedian. WHo did he copy? Come on now. You must have him confused with Carlos Mencino

2221 days ago


Just one more person wondering about the story TMZ ran about him buying a new house. Comment, TMZ?

2221 days ago
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