Author Sued For $60 Million Over Book About Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer and companion, Howard K. Stern, has filed a 60 million libel lawsuit against Rita Cosby and her publisher over a book she wrote that claims Stern and Smith's ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, had a sexual encounter.

The filing was first reported by the entertainment Web site

The suit says that the book falsely accuses Stern of, among other things, criminal lewd acts, homosexual acts, illegal possession and use of cocaine, conspiring to commit murder and kidnapping for ransom.

The suit, filed in federal court in New York, seeks 10 million dollars in compensatory damages and 50 million in punitive damages from Cosby and Hachette Book Group USA.

A spokesman for Cosby declined to comment.

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