Osbourne Adversary Says She Fears For Her Life

By | April 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

The woman who locked horns with Sharon Osbourne in a Los Angeles restaurant last week has fired back with her own version of how the scrap happened.

Renee Tab, a talent agent whose war of words with the metal matriarch escalated to violence at the Japanese restaurant Koi, claims Osbourne spat on and kicked her and made threatening and ethnic remarks.

Osbourne “started screaming racial slurs,” Tab’s lawyer, Najila Brent, told New York’s Daily News. She called the Iranian-born Tab a “Persian carpet cleaner” and threatened to “send someone to slash [her] face and break [her] leg,” according to the attorney, who claimed to be seeking a restraining order against Osbourne as well as contemplating a lawsuit.

“Renee is afraid for her life right now,” Brent said to the paper.

An Osbourne spokesperson claimed Tab’s allegations of racial slurs and physical threats were pure fantasy and would “not dignify them with a comment.”

Tension between Tab and Osbourne began on New Year’s Eve, when Tab walked off with a $15,000 diamond necklace that she said she won as a door prize, though Osbourne maintained Tab was never invited to the party in the first place (see “Osbournes’ Hot Ice Still At Large; Family May Face Lawsuit”).

The feud resurfaced publicly last week when police were called to settle the sushi-bar brawl. Osbourne appeared on the syndicated television program “Celebrity Justice” on Tuesday to explain her side of the story.

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