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Producer testifies Fawcett’s boyfriend stole painting of actress

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A reality television producer told a jury Wednesday he believes Farrah Fawcett's boyfriend stole an Andy Warhol portrait of the late actress from her home.

Craig Nevius testified his conclusion was based partly on conversations he had with Fawcett, who left all her works of art to the University of Texas. The producer worked with Fawcett on the reality series "Chasing Farrah" and a documentary about her battle with cancer.

Nevius also provided the University of Texas with photos and video footage that are being used as evidence in the university's fight against O'Neal regarding ownership of the artwork.

Fawcett's boyfriend, Ryan O'Neal, testified on Monday that he was given the portrait by Warhol in 1980 and removed it from her condominium with permission of the trustee of Fawcett's estate.

Officials at UT claim the painting was in Fawcett’s possession when she died in 2009, making it the school's property.

The painting is estimated to be worth as much as $30 million.

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