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Bigshot Publicist to Murder Tipster

I Owe You Nothing!

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

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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I recall rewards being offered in this case

1060 days ago


Levine is a snake. He used Ronnie's death just to get publicity for himself. He definitely took checks from people to raise a reward fund. Michael was escorted out of Ronnie's funereal because people were so disgusted by how he used her death.

1060 days ago


show me the shekels

1060 days ago


Was his tip any good? Sounds like

1060 days ago


The tip sounds like it wasn't legit.

Sounds like someone was trying to bank in on a dead lady. not kool

1059 days ago

Brutally Honest    

I don't know about this guy. He's suing big names for a claim that he has no proof of? Who does this guy think he is? If you don't have something written in paper or hardcore evidence, then you're case is worth nothing!

1058 days ago

Brutally Honest    

Has anyone even read the letter? There's articles from 2010 that Levine wanted to raise a $25,000 fund for Chasen's family but they asked him not to so he "ceased his efforts." That's respect to her family that he gave and this anonymously dumb guy is just sue happy with no evidence or written do***ents! who does he think he is? or does he even know who he is??

1058 days ago


I think that this is a real shame. Harold Matzner , chairman of the Palm Springs Film Festival has no right to do this to the person who brought justice to the Chasen family, Beverly Hills, the Hollywood community and who was the only good hearted person to come forward with the murderers name, address and other very important and evidence which still has not been released. This man sacrificed a lot and was put through so much, he shouldn't have had to go through any of this. He is a hero.

Mr. Matzner on the other hand, is just abusing his wealth and power against an honest, courageous individual who reached out across the boundaries of poverty, class structure, and hopelessness to bring justice to Ronni, her family, friends, (something that the extremely wealthy probably would never have done for John or people living in lower class neighborhoods) and he also stopped a would be serial killer from going back to Beverly Hills and murdering again and again.

The public doesn't even know half of the story, but they soon will as "John Doe" is preparing to talk after being silenced for 14 month. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! The world needs to hear what he has to say, Can someone please assist him? Perhaps one of Ronni's friends, co-workers, or relatives!

Please help John get the reward he was promised, earned and so much deserves from Harold Matzner?

Thank you all


965 days ago
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