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Redmond O'Neal testifies in Farrah Fawcett art case

Redmond O'Neal testified Thursday in the case of a disputed painting of his mother, actress Farrah Fawcett.
December 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Redmond O'Neal testified Thursday in the case of a disputed painting of his mother, actress Farrah Fawcett.

Reluctant to speak, Redmond O'Neal, the only son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, came to testify in support of his father. Reporters wanted to talk to him outside of court. But at the time arranged by O'Neal's attorney, you can hear Ryan explode.

"I'm stupid, I'm stupid. What's wrong with you? They're standing there waiting for you," Ryan O'Neal can be heard saying.

Sitting several yards away, Redmond hears his father pleading.

"Please, Redmond, for your mom," said Ryan.

Ryan O'Neal says that artist Andy Warhol painted two images of the 1980s icon: one for O'Neal, one for Farrah. The University of Texas is suing O'Neal, claiming the university should own both paintings.

"When you look at the living trust, which is essentially Farrah Fawcett's will, it specifically says all of her artwork goes to the University of Texas," said David Beck, attorney for the University of Texas.

O'Neal has been trying to prove the portrait is his and always has been. His attorney questioned Redmond on the stand Thursday. There were no questions allowed about what the painting meant to the 28-year-old. The judge said that was not relevant in determining ownership. The O'Neal attorneys maintain that the sentimental value is important.

After the blow-up outside court, father and son were seen hugging. Redmond then made a brief statement to the cameras.

"This portrait is a family heirloom. It has no money value to me," said Redmond. "It's sentimental. It's to stay in the family. It's a beautiful portrait of my mom. And it belongs where it is."

The Ryan O'Neal defense rested Thursday.


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