On Monday, December 2, in the on-going legal battle between Ryan O’Neal and the University of Texas, O’Neal has admitted to removing the Andy Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett from her home after she died in the Los Angeles court. The University of Texas claims in the lawsuit that they own the Warhol painting.
In his testimony, Ryan O’Neal, 72, confessed that he removed the paining from Farrah Fawcett’s home “a week or more after” her death four years ago. O’Neal went on to testify to, “The painting is mine”, and stated that he has the expensive Andy Warhol painting in his Malibu, Calif., home.
The University of Texas also claims ownership of the valuable painting. In the lawsuit filed against Ryan O’Neal, the University of Texas claims that Farrah Fawcett left the painting to them in her will.
University lawyer, David Beck questioned O’Neal about cheating on Fawcett in 1997 with a younger woman. Beck asked, “That person that was in her, in your beach house at the time was 25 years old right?”
Ryan O’Neal admitted that Fawcett was “hurt, in shock, pitiful and disgraced” when she found out about his infidelity. O’Neal also stated that it was this cheating incident that lead to Farrah taking back the painting she’d given him because his younger woman didn’t want it hanging in their bedroom.
O’Neal claims however, that when she finally agreed to take the painting back she told him, “I’d like you to leave it there because I want to make her [the younger woman] uncomfortable.”
According to Ryan O’Neal, it was no secret that he had the Andy Warhol painting of Fawcett in his home. He said he took the painting from her Wilshire Boulevard condo shortly after her June 25, 2009 death. O’Neal further claims that the painting hung in his Malibu house from 1980 through 1998.
The University of Texas has a second painting of Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol. They stated that when the controversial painting is returned to them that they plan on hanging the pair of paintings together.
Should he win the lawsuit, O’Neal stated that he has no intentions of selling the extremely expensive painting. He does plan on leaving it in his will to his son with Fawcett, Redmond.
A second possession of the late Charlie’s Angels star in dispute is a tablecloth Warhol made for Farrah Fawcett. It is currently in the possession of the University of Texas and O’Neal claims that it belongs to him.
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