LATEST: Sexy socialite Casey Johnson has hired OJ Simpson's lawyer ROBERT SHAPIRO to defend her against model NICOLE LENZ's "vicious lawsuit".

The baby-oil heiress and singer Bijou Phillips are being sued for a staggering $1 million (GBP550,000) for alleged defamation and battery after Lenz claimed they beat her up and destroyed her reputation.

Shapiro has submitted court papers including a 'introductory statement' written by Johnson and demanded the court to throw out Lenz's suit.

Johnson's statement describes Lenz as a "former PLAYBOY PLAYMATE whose 15 minutes of fame have long since expired" and claims Lenz is "desperate to be in the headlines once again or to cash in because she is broke".

08/09/2004 17:29