NEW YORK — The fight between Gruner + Jahr and Rosie O’Donnell was back on the radar Thursday after O’Donnell filed an answer to the complaint against her with the state of New York. Among other things, O’Donnell’s complaint said that Gruner + Jahr had "manipulate[d] the financial books and records of the magazine [Rosie] to ensure that O’Donnell would not be able to exercise her contractual right to terminate her interest in the magazine automatically if the earnings from the magazine fell below a certain dollar amount on June 30, 2002."

In short, O’Donnell alleged that the company inflated its numbers "to ensure that the [financial] targets were met," because a clause in her contract allowed her to walk away from the magazine if its earnings fell below a certain level, which she claims they had. By manipulating the books, as O’Donnell charged, she was unable to abandon the magazine without paying a fee to the company or taking the matter to court, her complaint claimed.

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