Producer: Ryan O’Neal stole Warhol art
LOS ANGELES – A reality television producer told a jury on Wednesday that he believes Ryan O’Neal stole an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett done in 1980.
Craig Nevius said he formed his opinion when he began working with the University of Texas at Austin as it sought to take the artwork from the actor.
The university claims in its lawsuit that Fawcett left the painting to the school as part of a donation but O’Neal took it from Fawcett’s condominium days after her death in 2009.
Nevius testified that he had conversations about the artwork with the actress and saw documents regarding ownership that she had signed when she loaned the portrait and a twin version also done by Warhol to a museum.
“I believe he stole it,” Nevius testified about O’Neal. “I believe she owned it.”