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Bigshot Publicist to Murder Tipster

I Owe You Nothing!

10/4/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The man who claims he helped police track down the murderer of famed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen is barking up the wrong tree -- according to the publicist he's suing.

As we previously reported, the tipster -- who identifies himself as John Doe -- sued bigshot publicist Michael Levine (left), claiming Levine offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Chasen's gunman ... but never paid up.

Mr. Doe also sued Palm Springs Film Festival honcho Harold Matzner -- claiming Matzner offered a $100k reward for the same information.

But Levine's lawyer shot back yesterday with a blistering letter to John Doe's attorney -- insisting Levine never promised to ante up $25,000.

Levine's lawyer, Eric George, claims in the letter -- obtained by TMZ -- Levine never actually offered a reward and abandoned the effort early on at the request of Chasen's family.

Levine is demanding John Doe dismiss his lawsuit against him ASAP -- or face legal action. Matzner has yet to respond to John Doe's accusations.

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nipples mugee    

Attorney bullshi_ .. Michael Levine should pay up if you cared acout your freind so much.... I hate those stupid lawyer letters, there all the same.

1022 days ago
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Areader    

Don't back down John Doe! Michael Levine's hot shot legal eagle is doing nothing more than blowing hot air!

1022 days ago
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Delaware D    

John Doe deserves the reward. Thats messed up.

1022 days ago
4.

Andrew    

Back a few years ago I had a close friend that worked for Levine when he owned a PR firm, he took her to court after approving a gift a client gave her. He in court said he never said that she could have it and accused her of stealing. The judge didn't see it Levine's way.
He was a skunk then, he is a skunk now. (Sorry to Skunks)

1022 days ago
5.

en Todo Momento!!    

it's a little creepy, that 1. the 'doe' called it in, and 2. (even more creepy!!) that he is suing and insisting on collections from a murdered woman's circle. no morals, i tell ya. maybe that's a plus?

1022 days ago
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jimmy    

the suspect wasnt arrested and wasnt captured so you get bubkis nothing

1022 days ago
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BeSerious    

Uhm, offer a reward, then you pay up. Cheap skate. Sheesh! I hope the tipster wins in court.

1022 days ago
8.

The Situation    

F****ing POS Publicist are always out defacing people and F***King over others to get ahead!!! I hope that this guy loses his career!!!! POS LOSER!!!!!!!!

1022 days ago
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croc    

he'll pay up.
but its his nose that bothers me.

1022 days ago
10.

Tom    

Michael Levine is a d*ck. He's always been a d*ck. Everyone in this town knows that. I interned for him about 26 years ago. He was DEPLORABLE. This is typical. My name is Tom Gregory. If you get me some decent publicity (who are all these worthless schlubs TMZ reports on anyway?) I'll give you the 25,000. Poor Ms Chasen.

1022 days ago
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penny    

Yuk, that nose. Now thats a real pe*nis face.

1022 days ago
12.

myliverhurts    

******* needs to pay up.

1022 days ago
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charley    

matzer oened his fat ass mouth so pay up.......what a low life idiot...makes an offer ..it was done and now the azz ole refuses to pay.....what a (p) rick

1022 days ago
14.

alyssa    

Screw all this bs...hellava schnoz you're packin there...geez

1022 days ago
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niles    

He got his sleazy publicity out of her death and now doesn't want to pay up. Lying sack of crap.

1022 days ago
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