Ellen Barkin Hits Back at Her Ex Husband

11/30/2007 at 11:00 AM EST

Ellen Barkin Hits Back at Her Ex Husband
Ellen Barkin
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Representatives for Ellen Barkin hit back Thursday at her ex-husband Ronald Perelman, calling his newly filed lawsuit against the actress and her brother "frivolous" and "without merit."

Perelman, 64, the Revlon mogul, has sued Ellen and George Barkin, claiming they are siphoning off funds from a production company the three started in 2005. A rep for the company, Applehead I, said Thursday that Perelman's "cynical abuse of the legal system is disappointing, but not surprising."

In a statement, a spokesman said the suit is "frivolous," "without merit" and "yet another attempt [by Perelman] to avoid honoring his written contract to contribute more than $3 million to Applehead Pictures," the Associated Press reports.

Barkin, 53, had sued Perelman in August, claiming he failed to make good on a promise, made during their marriage, to invest $3.4 million in Applehead.

"The fact is, Applehead only has money because others stepped in to contribute what Perelman wrongfully withheld," the statement said.

The couple divorced in 2006.

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