Colin Farrell's lawyers cracked down quick after his sex tape with ex-girlfiend Nicole Narian (Playmate 2002) was released yesterday on the short-lived website, dirtycolin.com. TMZ obtained a cease and desist letter sent to John Taylor, the alleged owner of the site. In it, Farrell's lawyers threaten to hit Taylor and anyone "acting in concert" with him with a lawsuit demanding big money damages for using Farrell's name and image without permission.
Farrell took Narian to court last year, alleging she was trying to profit from the video. A judge issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting her from marketing the tape. But the explicit video surfaced yesterday and went up for sale at $14.99 a pop on the Web site. Turns out, the video that consumers purchased could not be opened because of technical problems.
Farrell's lawyers from the powerhouse firm of Lavely & Singer, were able to shut the Web site down before the sun set on its first day of operation. Their strategy -- sending a copy of the cease and desist letter to the Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ISP apparently took to heart Berra's threat to haul everyone to court and turned the lights off, stat.
Paul Berra, one of Farrell's lawyers, told TMZ: "Mr. Farrell intends to sue the owners of the offending website and anyone else who unlawfully distributes the videotape or any photos from it. Not only will they be sued for millions of dollars, they will be prosecuted for violating the injunction order that has been in place since August. Word to the wise, stay away from this video."