Ryan O’Neal can keep Farrah Fawcett portrait, jury says

Updated 11:17 AM EST, Fri December 20, 2013
03:48 - Source: CNN
Battle over Fawcett portrait

Story highlights

Jury's verdict comes after three-week trial involving celebrity testimony

Pop artist Andy Warhol painted two portraits of Farrah Fawcett

University of Texas received one after the actress' death in 2009

School sued Ryan O'Neal, her on-again, off-again partner of 30 years, for other portrait

Los Angeles CNN —  

Actor Ryan O’Neal can keep an Andy Warhol portrait of his longtime love, “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett, a jury has found.

O’Neal underwent minor surgery to remove a skin cancer lesion and was not in court when the Los Angeles jury returned the verdict at 3:25 p.m. PT on Thursday.

But his lawyer, Marty Singer, said the actor was elated he did not have to hand the portrait over to the University of Texas. The university had claimed Fawcett left the portrait in her will.

The verdict was reached shortly after O’Neal’s testimony was read to the jury again. He testified Warhol gave him one portrait and Fawcett another in 1980. The verdict indicated that nearly all of the jurors found his testimony credible.

The decision was not unanimous. But O’Neal needed to convince just nine of the 12 jurors to prevail.

The jury of six men and six women began their deliberations on Monday afternoon. Most of them are too young to remember O’Neal’s 1970 tearjerker movie “Love Story,” Fawcett’s 1976 television hit series “Charlie’s Angels” or the era when they reigned at the top of Hollywood’s A list. Back then, People magazine was on the rise, and nobody had heard of reality shows, TMZ or Twitter.

Does Warhol of Fawcett belong to O’Neal or school?