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Valerie Harper

Rips Broadway Honcho

How Dare You Accuse Me of Hiding My Cancer!!!

5/5/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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No one was more shocked by the return of Valerie Harper's cancer than Valerie Harper -- so she insists in new legal docs, claiming the Broadway playwright who accused her of keeping her cancer a secret is wrong beyond measure.

TMZ broke the story, Matthew Lombardo -- the playwright behind the Broadway production "Looped" -- sued Harper for $2 million, claiming she withheld the truth about her cancer's return in 2012.

Matthew claims Valerie's ruse eventually fell apart when she was forced to pull out of the play because of her medical issues ... and it cost him $500,000 to find a last minute replacement.

Harper is now firing back, insisting Matthew's talking out of his ass. Harper claims Lombardo found out about her cancer's return the same time she did, so his lawsuit is baseless.

At the time, Harper claims she believed her cancer had been successfully removed during a prior surgery, and when her health began to deteriorate in early 2013, she thought she had suffered a stroke. It was only later she discovered her lung cancer hadn't just returned, it had spread to her brain.

Harper's now asking the court to throw Lombardo's suit in the trash.

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Rachael    

OMG! 2 days and 3 pages later, this is the first post TMZ has written that's what this site is supposed to be about! FINALLY a story that isn't a paid Kardashian mention or a story that revolves around race or racial issues. YOU THINK YOU CAN DO ANOTHER INTERESTING STORY BEFORE THE WEEK IS UP, TMZ?

85 days ago
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J    

Wow! Matthew Lombardo looks like a first class a--ho1e. Sorry that Valerie's cancer was such an inconvenience for you. How this guy can remain in the industry is beyond me.

85 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

I agree, Matthew Lombardo is an a-hole

85 days ago
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Franc    

I love Valerie but she's not seeing it from the guy's point of view. She left him hanging. That's not fair.

85 days ago
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Kelly    

Good luck on your lawsuit, Matthew. It will be the last dime you ever make in show business.

85 days ago
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myopinion    

good for you Valerie.

85 days ago
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myopinion    

good for you Valerie I hope you win. Cancer is a horrible disease.

85 days ago
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Cran    

Useless TMZ all spam and no one to care. What a waste of time.

85 days ago
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bazinga    

She never had cancer in the first place. She's a big, fat LIAR!

85 days ago
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MightyMatt    

What an ass.

85 days ago
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01void    

What a moron, he should hope he never goes through cancer treatment for his little brain.

85 days ago
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MightyMatt    

Leave Rhoda alone!!

85 days ago
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TheMoniq64    

Get him, Valerie Harper! I hope that Matthew loses in court.

85 days ago
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J    

Wow! Matthew Lombardo is a real first class a$$hole. I'm sorry that Valerie's cancer was so inconvenient for you. The nerve of some people.

85 days ago
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susiecreamcheese    

This writer is doing himself no favours in this lawsuit. Very stupid idea to sue someone essentially for having her cancer spread.

85 days ago
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