|07-12-2007, 03:56 PM||#1|
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Regan may out-Fox Rupe
Regan may out-Fox Rupe
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Judith Regan has secret tapes of phone calls and meetings that provide explosive evidence in her $20 million lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, sources tell us.
After attempting to publish O.J. Simpson's memoir "If I Did It," Regan was fired by HarperCollins' CEO Jane Friedman.
The tapes "not only bolster her position against News Corp, but may prove damning to more than a few Fox executives," one source, who characterized the recordings as "juicy," told us.
Regan brought Murdoch $80 million a year with best-selling authors as diverse as Michael Moore and Jenna Jameson.
Ironically, her books are still bringing Murdoch profits with "The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox" by Dr. Roni DeLuz and James Hester hitting No. 2 on Amazon, behind a little book called "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." And "Outrage," by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, is No. 5 on The New York Times' best-seller list.
Sources claim that Friedman, in an attempt to Etch A Sketch all memory of her nemesis from the company, wanted to cancel Morris' book after Regan's firing. A HarperCollins spokeswoman told us: "I know nothing about that."
Regan, who recently made a media deal in China, where Murdoch has a satellite TV business, is now in Brazil on another deal-making jaunt.
She's hired Everestian lawyers Bert Fields in Hollywood and Larry Shire in New York to sue not only for wrongful termination, but for defamation.
News Corp executives claimed Regan used the phrase "Jewish cabal" in one conversation, a charge she denies.
She also claims the executives falsely put out a story that she had replaced the mezuzahs (prayer scrolls hung from doorposts) in her building with dollar bills - which, according to her divorce papers, was something she'd accused her former husband of doing.