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Joan Rivers -- Under Attack in Nasty Lawsuit

6/23/2010 6:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joan Rivers is being sued by a bitter ex-manager -- who claims he was never compensated for resurrecting Joan's "dormant career" ... but it's clear this lawsuit is as much about hurt feelings as lost money. 

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The guy going after Rivers is Billy Sammeth -- Joan's longtime "personal manager" -- who claims he "took [Joan's] dormant career" ... and found a way to get her more work and more money ... only to be stiffed out of $179k and humiliated in a recent documentary about Joan's life.

In the docs, Sammeth claims he never got his 10% cut from several paydays Joan received -- including a $200,000 check Joan received from winning "Celebrity Apprentice."

Sammeth also claims Joan and the people behind the documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" -- defamed him by making him appear to be a "disappeared" manager.

Sammeth is suing both Joan and the production company for at least $2.2 million. 

UPDATE: A rep for Joan tells us the comedian is, "confident that the judicial system will dispose of Mr. Sammeth's lawsuit in the appropriate manner."

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S    

He expects a cut of the $200k that she won specifically for her charity? What a s*** bag!

1531 days ago
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Darlene    

LOL!!!!!

1531 days ago
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Mikey    

She's a back stabber, ask Johnny Carson.

1531 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

Can we talk?

1531 days ago
5.

Val    

I thought for sure that her face was suing her for animal cruelty.

1531 days ago
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melliemel    

She looks and sounds like the witch from the wizard of oz. Help I'm melting. Someone stuff a sock in her mouth. The old HAG. Now I see why her husband killed himself. Who was that in 101 dalmations? Druzilla? or Cruella Deville. Either way, I am sure that she is their older sister. Ugly Heffa

1531 days ago
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R.J. Johnson    

Joan Rivers did something selfish and mean? No! I for one am shocked!

1531 days ago
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melliemel    

Would somebody stuff a sock in her mouth? I hope he takes everything she's got. This plastic, loud mouth, old hag. I know why her husband killed himself. She just kept yapping at him. Plastic witch.

1531 days ago
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tmz@frog.cc    

No, it's Joan Rivers' beautiful face thatb resurrected her career!!

1531 days ago
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Fiama    

I hope he collects twice what he's asking. He was there for her at every step. She's a nasty one.

1531 days ago
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MAXny    

I hope she doesn't have to give him any money because she needs all the doe she can get to fix her ugly f***king face.

1531 days ago
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John    

This fool knows that the $200,000 Joan won on "Celebrity Apprentice" went to charity, right? Idiot.

1531 days ago
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Googie    

I love Joan. She has never stopped working. If he represented her for a long time, how come her career had a slump if he was doing his job. He's another one who wants something for nothing.

1531 days ago
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BarbieJean    

ewwwwww! That is all.

1531 days ago
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Artrina    

What! Sweet, calm, saintly mouthed Joan Rivers hurt someone's feelings??? I don't believe it......

1531 days ago
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