Ryan O’Neal wins trial over ex-lover’s Warhol painting

Ryan O’Neal wins trial over ex-lover’s Warhol painting
Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal

LOS ANGELES- A US jury on Thursday found in favour of veteran actor Ryan O'Neal in a dispute over an Andy Warhol painting of his ex-lover Farrah Fawcett, saying it rightfully belonged to him.

The six-man, six-woman panel rejected a claim by the University of Texas, where the late "Charlie's Angels" star went to college, that she left the valuable portrait to her alma mater.

The actor's sons Redmond and Patrick welcomed the verdict, which came after two days of jury deliberations.

"It's an awesome, awesome feeling," said Patrick O'Neal, who yelped in court when the verdict was read out.

Their father was not in court: Patrick, whose mother is actress Leigh Taylor-Young, said he could not attend because he had had minor cancer surgery on one cheek.

Twenty-eight year-old Redmond, O'Neal and Fawcett's only child together, said he believed his mother had helped steer the jury in the right direction.

"I know she had something to do with this up there," he said.

The university's lawyer David Beck voiced disappointment, and remained tight-lipped about a possible appeal. He noted the length of deliberations and the non-unanimous decision; the jury voted 9 to 3 in O'Neal's favour.

"We'll have to see where we go from here," he said.

The university sued O'Neal after the painting was spotted in the actor's home during an episode of reality TV show "Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals."

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