Sunday 22 April 2018

O'Neal tells Warhol portrait hearing how 'shocked' Fawcett caught him cheating

Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 1989.
Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett in 1989.

Nick Allen

Ryan O'Neal, the actor, has told a court how his late partner Farrah Fawcett caught him in bed with a younger woman, leaving her feeling "pitiful and disgraced".

The star of 'Love Story' said Fawcett had been "shocked and hurt" by the incident in 1997, but also told how they had reconciled several years later after he was diagnosed with cancer.

O'Neal (72) was giving evidence in front of a civil jury at Los Angeles Superior Court in a bitter legal battle over ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of Fawcett.

The actress left her art collection to her alma mater, the University of Texas, when she herself died of cancer in 2009 aged 62.

Warhol had made two similar portraits of the actress in 1980 and O'Neal claims one of them was given to him by the artist, so it was not Fawcett's to bequeath.

A lawyer for the university questioned the actor about an incident in 1997 when Fawcett found him in bed with a 25-year-old woman.

The actor said he never intended to sell the painting and it would be passed to his and Fawcett's son Redmond.

His lawyers have accused the university of being financially motivated and "just wanting expensive art". The piece is estimated to be worth millions of dollars. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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