LATEST: Singing legend Liza Minnelli has hit back at estranged husband David Gest's explosive $6 million (GBP3.7 million) lawsuit - by dismissing the claim she abused him while drunk as "stupid".

In a statement via her lawyer DELIA McCABE, Liza says, "I hoped very much that the end of my marriage would be handled with mutual respect and dignity. The allegations in this lawsuit are hurtful and without merit.

"My lawyers will respond to the lawsuit in the proper forum. I will continue to focus on my work, my sobriety and my fans who have been so wonderful to me."

The CABARET star stands accused of domestic abuse towards the 49-year-old concert promoter, and exacting injuries which he claims to still be suffering from.

But Minnelli, 57, told fans yesterday (22OCT03), "Oh my God, it's not true. It's stupid. I never hit him. It's rubbish."

The astonished admirers later told reporters that the strain of the latest twist in her marriage saga did not seem to be taking its toll on the troubled star.

One comments, "I expected her to look upset and be unfriendly but she was really nice and seemed quite happy."

23/10/2003 02:00