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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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taylor beau    

Karma sucks... He will probably get caught from Sotheby's bidding on his own works of art, he likes to call paintings. To increase the value of his own works or make the auction house believe they are worth more. When in actuality they are images that other photographers have taken, he scans them into his computer and then blows them up on plexiglas. Its amazing what people call art these days. And he considers himself ingenious... Yes, Paul Rusconi is also an artist. He is no longer an ART Dealer, people. Those bridges have been burned. I hope the Olsen's make sure their investments with him are actually legit. It is dissapointing to see people behaving like this, especially when you know them, but you can only hide for so long. Truths always surface. I don't think Claire has anything to worry about and Paul doesn't have a case. She was warning her friends/family about his deceitful behavior.

1701 days ago
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Lochness    

I have kn own Paul for twenty years. He is as honest as they come. She is clueless and needs to go back to her trailer park and velvet paintings

1298 days ago
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Lucy England    

Looks like Claire was wrong! Karma does suck! Apparently the lawsuit was settled, according to the press and Superior Court. In laymen's terms, that only means that Claire Forlani had to pay for her not-so-smart brain. She probably didn't pay much though, since her career is trashed and in the gutter. However, it looks as though Paul Rusconi's art career is taking off and by the way, I am a huge fan of his art! Paul Rusconi has more artistic genius & creativity in his pinky finger than Claire Forlani will ever have which is why he is on the way UP and she is on the way DOOOOWN. God help you, Claire Forlani.

1216 days ago
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