Ryan O’Neal Loses Court Bid to Toss Lawsuit Claiming He Stole Warhol Portrait Of Ex-Farrah Fawcett (EXCLUSIVE)

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Ryan O’Neal has suffered a setback in his legal battle against the University of Texas and its lawsuit over ownership of an Andy Warhol portrait of the actor's longtime lover, Farrah Fawcett.

In a judgment handed down on Wednesday and obtained by Celebuzz, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Maureen Duff-Lewis rejected the 71-year-old actor's motion to dismiss the case and ordered the case to go to trial next month.

The university sued the actor in August 2011, claiming the portrait -- said to be worth up to $30 million -- belongs to the school because Fawcett agreed to have all her artwork donated, after her 2009 death at the age of 62, to her alma mater.

The judge ruled, "Triable disputed issues of fact exist as to who is the owner of the portrait and of the Warhol napkin; triable issues of facts as to whether there was consent, acquiescence and/or ratification by the University of Texas."

In August, O'Neal fired back at the college in a sworn declaration and bid to have the case tossed before trial.

the Warhol portrait, which was a gift from my good friend, the late Andy Warhol,” O’Neal said.

The portrait of the Charlie’s Angels star was spotted hanging above O'Neal's bed inside his Malibu, Calif. home in an episode of his reality TV show, Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals.

Warhol made two portraits of Fawcett in 1980. After her death one print was delivered to the Austin campus, but the other never materialized.

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  • Heather Williams
    Heather Williams

    Also it's no secret that Ryan and Farrah were only friends the last years of her life and Ryan also stole creative control over Farrah's documentary when she became to ill to fight off Alana Stewart and Ryan when they took over without her consent.

  • Heather Williams
    Heather Williams

    There must be a seperate set of rules for famous people and for some reason the law does not apply to them thank's to starstruck judges and jurys. It's obvious this multi-million dollar Warhol does not belong to Ryan and there is footage of Farrah herself saying she OWNED TWO just youtube Chasing Farrah and the clip will come up. This case is very simple and the Judge should order the man to hand over the stolen property and put him behind bars where he belonged years ago but no only his kids have to continue to pay the price for this pathetic Ryan character.