The crux of the fight: remarks that Gabor made to a German magazine in 1990, and subsequent digs made by her eighth husband, Prince Frederick von Anhalt, 50, to a German newspaper. The magazine quoted Gabor as saying that Sommer was broke and forced to knit sweaters for a living. Pure fabrication, protested Sommer, who testified that she and her second husband, hotelier Wolf Walther, whom she married last September, have a $1.5 million house in Erlangen, Germany, as well as a $3 million home in Holmby Hills, Calif. Sommer maintains Gabor's comments caused her headaches, nausea and sleepless nights. "I am still suffering," she told the court tearfully. Gabor denied making the statements, but the jury awarded Sommer $800,000 for Zsa Zsa's indiscretions and a princely $1.2 million for those of von Anhalt, who had said that Sommer was losing her hair and is older than she claims.
Zsa Zsa says Frederick was only defending her against Elke, who once sniped, "Zsa Zsa has such a fat bottom she can't even get on a horse by herself." Said Gabor on the witness stand: "I can't help if I have a big ass. I have done very well with it anyway."
Good thing, too. At press time the court was still deciding whether to tack on punitive damages as well. Vowed Zsa Zsa, who plans to appeal: "She'll never gel a penny."
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