Marlon Brando's former assistant, JOAN PETRONE, is suing the acting legend's estate for a $7,000 (GBP3,900) diamond ring she lost at his home.

Petrone, who also appeared in Brando's directorial debut ONE-EYED JACKS, was washing carrots in her boss' kitchen when her ring fell into the sink, but she wasn't allowed to call a plumber out to retrieve it.

Petrone tells American scandal show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, "Hoping that diamonds are forever I asked, 'Please let me try and retrieve this.'

"He (Brando) just turned away and he went silent. They never gave me a chance to prove that it was true by calling the plumber. I felt cheated."

That was back in 1993 and Petrone insists the lost ring is now worth $7,000 (GBP3,900) - money she wants to pass on to her children.

19/09/2004 10:38