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Real Erin Brockovich Faces Lawsuit

March 29, 2001

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RENO, Nev. (AP) _ The story of gutsy legal assistant Erin Brockovich earned Julia Roberts a best-actress Oscar, but the real-life Brockovich’s courtroom drama continues _ this time starring her second husband.

Reno stockbroker Steven Michael Brockovich is suing his ex for libel and slander. He contends in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that Erin Brockovich falsely claimed in People magazine and the Star tabloid that he failed to pay child support for their daughter, who’s now 11.

Steven Brockovich claims the article hurt his reputation in Reno, causing his business to drop.

``We’ve got all the canceled checks to prove he paid,″ said John Denove, a Los Angeles attorney representing Steven Brockovich. ``They never tried to contact us after they were notified, and they didn’t care to retract those statements, or correct them.″

Brockovich’s attorney, Ed Masry (Albert Finney in the film ``Erin Brockovich″), said the articles were accurate and called the lawsuit frivolous.

``Erin and I have been extorted. I’ve been sued,″ Masry said. ``We’ve had people coming out of the woodwork trying to get money from us.″

The Brockoviches lived in Reno for about a year until their divorce April 30, 1990.

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