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Settlement in Howard K. Stern Lawsuit

11/21/2009 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Howard K. Stern has settled his $60 million defamation suit against Rita Cosby ... TMZ has learned.



A dismissal was filed late yesterday. We know the case settled and the terms of settlement are confidential.

Cosby -- in her book "Blonde Ambition" -- said, among many other things, Stern and Larry Birkhead had a sexual encounter that was caught on video. Both Birkhead and Stern said Cosby made it up.

Anna Nicole SmithBirkhead did not file suit.

Thus another chapter in the Anna Nicole Smith saga comes to an end.

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1.

Simone    

FIrst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1743 days ago
2.

j    

Rita Cosby is a disgusting skank. It is hard to imagine that she is even creepier than Howard, larry, or anna. What a pig. And Simone, go on a diet, and move out of your mothers basement.

1743 days ago
3.

Only swim in the Ocean    

Cosby settled just as the NYC Court was in final preparation to start trial. For over two years, she clung to her massive and destructive lies. Now the only people telling the ‘Cosby lies’ are the LA prosecutors in HKS’s criminal proceeding.

1743 days ago
4.

cjs    

Good for Howard !! That's ONE down, now for the rest of the idiots giving him a bad time. Go HOWARD !!!!

1743 days ago
5.

In L.A.    

Good for Rita - she has been a respected journalist for a number of years and has nothing to gain by making up a story about Stern and Birkhead. Further, Stern never filed suit, so that should tell you something - that it's true. Stern is gay, everyone knows this...

1743 days ago
6.

Mikey    

No doubt Stern has destroyed the tape. He knew there was no evidence left so he sued. He never really worked, just lived off a drugged out Anna. I believe Stern and Birkhead were lovers and both just used Anna for her money.

1743 days ago
7.

Mikey    

I wish I were Howards lover.

1743 days ago
8.

MsTeal    

Now Howie can pay back his Mother and Father the Millions (cough) they have put out for Howie these past couple years..

1743 days ago
9.

koolsmoothbreeze    

I don't care, I still love his show! Baba-shmooey!!

1743 days ago
10.

Hawaii spring break    

#5,
Birkhead didn't sue Rita Cosby, STERN DID. You made a mistake.


Birkhead is a homosexual paparazzo who had a sperm donor contract with ANS.

BIRKHEAD BROKE THE CONTRACT AND LATER CLAIMED HE WAS "WRONGED" FATHER AND EARNED AT LEAST $2 MIL. FROM TABLOIDS.


Birkhead's ex gay lover Kerrick W.Ross (40), exposed him in public, and Birkhead didn't sue him for slander.

1743 days ago
11.

Your Name    

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!


LMAO

HOWIE JUST CAN'T WIN..............going to jail soon....HAHAHAHA

1743 days ago
12.

ex lax    

2 broken whores an it quiet

1743 days ago
13.

ex lax    

I drop mime if you drop your's.. what a waste of time

1743 days ago
14.

Boo Hoo    

ATTN: RENEE ROSE

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0701/26/lkl.01.html

How many contradictions can you find from Larry Birkhead's statements before he had his daughter vs. what he says now. He has know interest in the Marshall Estate? Thats a good one.

LARRY KING, CNN ANCHOR: Tonight, the battle over Anna Nicole's baby.
Who's her daddy?

We'll have an exclusive talk with the photographer who claims that Anna Nicole's daughter, Danilynne, is his.

Why is Larry Birkhead so sure?

What will he do if a DNA test he's just back from trying to get in the Bahamas proves he's right? And how does he respond to things that Anna Nicole's close friend and lawyer said on this show?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP FROM LARRY KING LIVE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007)

KING: So you are the father?

HOWARD K. STERN, ANNA NICOLE'S ATTORNEY & CLOSE FRIEND: Yes, sir.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: Then, a troubling twist to that hidden in plain sight kidnapping case in Missouri. Just months after Shawn Hornbeck vanished in 2002, self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Brown told his parents he was dead -- did it during a TV show.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, FEBRUARY 26, 2003, COURTESY "THE MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW")

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Is he still with us?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: Skeptic James Ranby explains why he thinks claims of extrasensory powers are a bunch of phony baloney or worse. And best- selling author, Rosemary Altea tells us why she maintains that some mediums are fake, but she's the real deal.

All that and your questions, too, next on LARRY KING LIVE.

Good evening.

We begin with Larry Birkhead, the freelance reporter and photographer who claims he is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter, Danilynne. With him is his attorney, Debra Opri. And, by the way, Debra will be joining us and coming in in the conversation in a couple of minutes.

There's a lot of legal stuff that's been going on in the last couple of days. We want to get you updated on it.

But first, let's check in with Larry and how -- why do you -- why do you want this baby?

You don't go with Anna Nicole so much.

Why do you want her?

BIRKHEAD: Well, it was -- it was a long-term plan that we have had together, you know, to have a child. And we tried once before. It was -- and it was unsuccessful. It resulted in a mcg which -- so we talked again about having a child, you know, the second time and, you know, and I had made plans and preparations for this child and went to the doctors appointments and went to -- you know, helped her through morning sickness and shopped for baby items and...

KING: So you were with her through how many months of the pregnancy?

BIRKHEAD: The first nearly five months of the pregnancy.

KING: Why did you break up?

BIRKHEAD: There was -- there's not really one reason, but there were a few reasons and mostly because tension between Anna's attorney and her friend, Howard K. Stern, just really interfering with our relationship. And there was -- there were some issues. I had some concerns over health and some concerns for my unborn daughter with some things that she was doing in her lifestyle.

KING: That Anna was doing?

BIRKHEAD: Yes, sir.

KING: That might have affected the baby?

BIRKHEAD: Yes, sir.

KING: Like drugs?

BIRKHEAD: Yes, sir.

KING: All right, did -- did Howard try to enter -- did he try to get you out of the relationship?

BIRKHEAD: He did. He did, several...

KING: Out of jealousy?

BIRKHEAD: Well, yes, sir, definitely, overt. I dated -- we dated for over two and-a-half years and during that time it was an uphill battle with Mr. Stern. And he's always -- was always interfering with her everyday life.

KING: Did you plan to get married?

BIRKHEAD: Actually, Anna asked me to marry her several times throughout the relationship. I think the first time was maybe one of the first nights that we spent at her home and...

KING: Why did you say no?

BIRKHEAD: It was -- it was just not right. It was -- you know, I didn't know her yet and I mean it makes for a good dream or something at that point in the relationship, but it wasn't just the right timing.

KING: Now, you're going along, she's in her fifth month, right?

Does she know you're the father?

BIRKHEAD: Sure.

KING: Are you planning to be father and mother to this child? I mean are you discussing what our baby is going to be like? Did you know it was a girl?

BIRKHEAD: Yes. Yes, sir. Yes.

KING: So you knew all that?

BIRKHEAD: We went -- yes, I went to the first ultrasounds with her and...

KING: Oh, you were with her in that stage?

BIRK

1743 days ago
15.

Only swim in the Ocean    

...
We'll keep in touch with both Larry Birkhead and Debra Opri.

OPRI: Thanks

Posted at 1:34PM on Nov 21st 2009 by Boo Hoo
*****
We all know what LB said while under the influence of Opri. Once LB wisely kicked her to the curb, he got his order in The Bahamas for a DNA test; HKS supported him from the moment the test results were announced; DL has been well taken care of ever since.

LB sued Opri for fraud, malpractice and conversion and Opri settled just before trial.

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