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Douglas' ex-wife blames crooks for her legal fight

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Mar 17, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

In November (10), a judge in New York ruled Diandra's claims for a share of the profits from last year's (10) Wall Street sequel should be heard in California, and dismissed the case.

Now she has spoken out to insist she's only pursuing her legal action because she's been left short of cash after falling victim to crooked investment advisers Madoff and Starr.

She tells Harper's Bazaar, "Because of the type of human being I aspire to be, if Starr & Company hadn't happened and Madoff hadn't, and if a lot of other things hadn't happened, to tell you the honest truth, I really believe I would have walked away."

Douglas has vowed to continue her court fight for a 50 per cent share of the profits from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, adding: "One cannot live one's life based on the court of public opinion."

But she dismissed critics who accused her of targeting Douglas while he was battling throat cancer last year (10): "Michael didn't know he was ill, I didn't know he was ill, and the gods didn't know he was ill. I am not into going after sick people for things that don't belong to me... I am not a greedy person by nature."

Starr was jailed for seven years earlier this month (Mar11) for embezzling $30 million (£20 million) from clients including Uma Thurman, Martin Scorsese and Wesley Snipes, and Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 after pleading guilty to siphoning billions from clients including Kevin Bacon and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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