Date: 28th February 2001
MEG RYAN's dad has blasted her ex-lover RUSSELL CROWE for "publicly humiliating" his daughter.
Protective HARRY HYRA is furious about the GLADIATOR's treatment of his girl - particularly his claim that he missed the cows too much on his Australian ranch to spend more time with the actress.
Harry storms, "What Russell has been saying about preferring to be with his animals over Meg is insulting. "If he was really into Meg he would have let her go with him or split his time between Los Angeles and Australia. "But to claim that he would rather be with his cows...what a thing to say." He adds, "Russell is a total ladies' man who wants to play the field. He is not interested in a committed relationship. He seems to just want to have fun."
Blonde Meg, 39, left her husband of nine years, actor DENNIS QUAID, soon after falling for Crowe's charms when they filmed blockbuster PROOF OF LIFE together, although both insist Crowe was not the cause of the split. Meg and the smooth star, who originates from New Zealand, split just before Christmas (00).
Since the relationship ended, 36-year-old Crowe has been linked with a string of beauties, including singer and actress COURTNEY LOVE and his Australian old flame, DANIELLE SPENCER.