G&J EXEC REBUTS ROSIE O'DONNELL CLAIMS

Says There Was No Apology for Breast Cancer Insult

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Cindy Spengler, Gruner & Jahr USA Publishing's chief marketing officer, said Rosie O'Donnell's statements that she apologized shortly
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Rose O'Donnell apparently changed her story from time she talked to 'People' magazine to the time of her court testimony.
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after telling Ms. Spengler liars "get cancer" are untrue.

'Never apologized'
"She never apologized to me" after making that remark last year, Ms. Spengler, a breast cancer survivor, told AdAge.com during a break in Ms. O'Donnell's testimony on Nov. 7. And, Ms. Spengler added, when Ms. O'Donnell's remark surfaced in the press, "she said it was untrue."

In the most wrenching courtroom moment of the legal dispute between Ms. O'Donnell and G&J, Ms. Spengler wept on the witness stand after testifying Ms. O'Donnell told her: "Do you know what happens to people who lie? They get sick, and they get cancer."

Ms. Spengler also testified that when she asked if Ms. O'Donnell's mother, who died from breast cancer, had lied, Ms. O'Donnell said she had, about who had been responsible for an unspecified childhood "incident" Ms. O'Donnell had suffered.

Denial
When told of Ms. Spengler's remarks, Ms. O'Donnell's spokeswoman insisted that the star apologized to Ms. Spengler shortly after she made her cancer comment.

Ms. O'Donnell denied making the cancer comment to Ms. Spengler in a People magazine article last year and in a deposition given before her trial, but she recently admitted to reporters, as well as in her testimony at the trial, that she had.

'All cancer victims'
Ms. Spengler also said she was receiving e-mails from cancer survivors saying Ms.O'Donnell "owes an apology to all cancer victims."

Ms. O'Donnell has long been active in charity work supporting breast cancer research.

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