Published February 19, 2003
LOS ANGELES – Anna Nicole Smith has fired back a tit-for-tat lawsuit at her estranged public-relations agent, demanding $1.5 million for continuing to use her photo on his Web site after their split.
The TV tart bared her claws at Manhattan PR man David Granoff after he sued her last fall for failing to pay $155,000.
Smith failed to pay Granoff's PR agency a dime after she was awarded big bread from the estate of her late husband, Texan Howard Marshall II, despite promising in 2000 to pay "handsomely" for its work, Granoff claimed.
He sought $25 million in damages.
But in new documents filed in Manhattan federal court the former Playboy pinup has countersued Granoff, saying he falsely used a promotional picture of her on his Web site and claimed she was still a client after she left.
A lawyer for Smith says she has been damaged to the tune of $500,000 and is seeking another $1 million in punitive damages.