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Jury to decide if book defamed Smith lawyer

A New York City judge says a jury can decide whether the author of a best-selling book about the death of Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith defamed her lawyer by calling him a pimp.

Federal Judge Denny Chin found plenty of reasons Wednesday to let the jury hear a $60 million libel lawsuit brought by lawyer Howard K. Stern against "Blonde Ambition" author Rita Cosby.

The judge says the veteran television news anchor's book contains allegations that may be too outlandish to be true, such as claims the lawyer had sex with one of Smith's former boyfriends and acted as her pimp.

Cosby lawyer Elizabeth A. McNamara says she's confident a jury will dismiss all remaining parts of the case after hearing the evidence.

Smith died of a prescription drug overdose in 2007 at age 39.