Producer Sues Fawcett, O'Neal Over Documentary

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 6:12 PM CDT
Farrah Fawcett, in 2006.   (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)
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(Newser) – An unfortunate mess of a lawsuit has emerged over the documentary about Farrah Fawcett's fight with cancer, just a day before it airs in primetime. A producer is suing Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, and others, claiming he was forced off the project and physically threatened after he worked on it for two years, reports E! Online. The two-hour Farrah's Story airs on NBC tomorrow night.

Craig Nevius, who also worked with Fawcett on a reality series in 2005, says O'Neal and Fawcett's friend, Alana Stewart, took advantage of the actress's declining health to wrest control of the documentary from him. "When Nevius respectfully declined, O'Neal physically threatened him," the suit reads. A spokesman for the Fawcett camp denies the charge. "To do something like this is horrific."