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Art Dealer to Forlani: You Baroque My Reputation

8/21/2009 2:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Claire FolaniActress Claire Forlani is accused of wielding a pen that is indeed mightier than the sword ... and killing the reputation of an art dealer in the process.

The former "CSI NY" star is being sued for allegedly crushing the "fragile and intangible" reputation of art dealer Paul Rusconi in a mass email she sent out to a bunch of her friends.

The dealer claims Forlani unleashed an "almost 500-word poison-pen note"... claiming the guy sold her a bunch of fake pieces which were allegedly misrepresented as works from William Claxton and Keith Haring. She also claims he significantly overcharged her for some Andy Warhol pieces.

The dealer claims he's done nothing wrong and filed the defamation lawsuit.

Forlani's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells us, "This lawsuit is absurd and totally without merit. We are very confident that the court will throw out the suit."

And speaking of the suit, here's the best part: The dealer claims he's been damaged to such an extent "only a very large damages judgment can begin to remedy."

Apparently, he's not a minimalist.

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SM    

One question: WHERE IS THE PROOF? There is none, because the art that Paul sold is LEGITIMATE. And congratulations... you just paid Paul the highest compliment you can pay an artist. Remember what they used to say to Warhol? Stupid question for you actually because it is clear that you do not do your homework.

1833 days ago
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Josh    

MS FORLANI I AM SORRY TO SAY BUT YOU ARE A FOOL. YOU DIDNT DO YOUR HOMEWORK. YOU ARE ACCUSING THE WRONG PERSON. I HAVE BEEN DOING BUSINESS WITH PAUL FOR TEN YEARS AND HE DOES "NOT" CONDUCT BUSINESS THE WAY YOU HAVE ACCUSED HIM. PAUL IS A PROFESSIONAL ART DEALER. I RESPECT HIM IN BUSINESS. HE ONLY TREATS HIS CLIENTS WITH RESPECT AND WOULD NEVER OVERCHARGE NOR WOULD HE SELL FAKE ART. CLAIR YOU ARE REALLY STUPID FOR NOT HAVING YOUR ART APPRAISED BEFORE YOU SENT THIS FALSE EMAIL. KARMA IS A BITCH CLAIR AND YOU WILL LOOSE IN COURT. I WISH PAUL ONLY THE BEST DURING THIS TIME. SINCERELY JOSH B.

1833 days ago
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Simone    

First!!!!!!!!!!!!

1834 days ago
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Simone    

If this guy really sold low quality or fake pieces of art, she was right in tell it to everybody. Maybe, that is the only way for a crook learn to respect people, to respect his clients.
Well done, Claire!!!!!!

1834 days ago
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Anita    

She can only make such statements IF they are true.

If not, her actions are indeed damaging to the man's business and he has just cause to sue her.

Free Speech does not apply in such cases.

1833 days ago
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Anita    

The bitch looks myopic, so maybe she did not see what she was buying ?????

1833 days ago
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Lord Snooty    

The single most gorgeous actress ever !

1833 days ago
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bitzod    

ARTZ MOORINTIER MARCIBO?

1833 days ago
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Homie1Kanobe    

Wah!

1833 days ago
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NekoNeko    

So someone can't talk to their friends about how they felt about someone offering a service? Forlani e-mailed her FRIENDS, not the press. Whomever the person was that sent that e-mail to the press, telling them to print it should be the one looked at. I mean come on... I've talked to my friends about businesses & people that I thought was crooked. Does that mean that I should be sued as well for telling my friends my personal opinion? If I were to go to the papers & say it, sure. But telling my friends about it? This lawsuit is absurd. I think it's Forlani's freedom to tell her friends her opinion- and this guy is trying to say that she can't talk to her friends & tell them what she thinks. So from now on everyone, you can only say nice happy thoughts to your friends in your e-mails when you are discussing people's businesses! That's totally not infringing on our personal freedoms what so ever!

Then the art dealer trying to sue for a large sum of money is also suspicious. A real art dealer would have just laughed Forlani off & just kept going.

1833 days ago
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bitzod    

You don`t buy art from a dealer you use a broker OR you don`t know a thing about high dollar art.

1833 days ago
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bitzod    

NEVER try to buy high art from a dealer...they are all fakes.GO to a pro ART BROKER to find a artistes work OR have them work the deal for you.They will know much more than most people and can get you a inside deal.Yes you will pay thier standard fee but it will be a safe deal and not a fake.Only those whom don`t know art would ever buy from a house dealer.If it is setting in a dealer`s store it is worthless or fake or just a write off for the rich owner and it will be marked way to high.USE a ART BROKER play it safe or be sorry and go broke.

1833 days ago
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bitzod    

One last thing the work could have damages that have or have not be redone also and you think you are getting a great deal.Will never happen the ART BROKER will get you a good deal but yes the more you know about the work the better,two heads are better than one.Most brokers won`t steal the deal from you unless it`s easy to do and makes them millions as they want to stay in the biz.If you want a work and a broker trys to steal your deal get a new broker and steal the deal back by cutting your new broker in.

1833 days ago
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LST    

SHUTUP.... My spam PWNS urs !!! buy from dealers gots the dealios.

1833 days ago
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Non-Believer    

Most contemporary art is just overpriced crapola anyway. Claire Forlani is smoking hot though. I'd eat her a-hole for hours.

1833 days ago
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