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LARRY DAVID IN­SISTS that Richard Lewis was dead wrong when he told us last week that af­ter get­ting out of re­hab in 1994, Lewis was re­buffed by David for ask­ing to bor­row $1 mil­lion to get his life back on track.

“He just said, ‘I want you to give me a mil­lion dol­lars.’ He never said the word ‘loan,’ ” David (photo) in­sists, sound­ing like the char­ac­ter we all know from HBO’s “Curb Your En­thu­si­asm,” which pre­miered its ninth sea­son at the SVA Theater on Wed­nes­day. “I would never refuse Richard Lewis any­thing.”

David con­cedes that his wife at the time may have shot down the idea of loan­ing or giv­ing Lewis cash, but he wouldn’t. “He’s got the whole story wrong,” David re­calls. “He wanted me to give him a mil­lion dol­lars, he didn’t even say he needed the money. He just said he wanted it! He didn’t say, ‘I’m in bad straits right now. Can you loan me a mil­lion dol­lars?’ If he had, I would have!”

Hear­ing both David and Lewis tell their sides of the story sounds like an episode of their pop­u­lar HBO com­edy.

“I told him he’s an id­iot be­cause he got the story all wrong,” David said. “Made me look like a bad friend.”

Lewis, who per­forms at Caro­line’s on Broad­way on Oct. 13 and 14, in­sisted when we spoke to him by phone that it was David who’s been get­ting the story wrong for more than 20 years.

“I promised him I would pay him back,” Lewis re­called. “To this day, I know I would never take a mil­lion dol­lars and not try to monthly or yearly pay him back, but he doesn’t be­lieve me.” One thing David says is for sure is that when “Curb Your En­thu­si­asm” comes back to HBO Sun­day af­ter a six-year break, it’ll be worth the wait.

“It just felt like the right time,” he said. “I missed all of it and I wanted to do it again be­cause noth­ing is more fun and gives me more plea­sure.”

Bar­bara Palvin is the toast of a cock­tail party at Paris Fash­ion Week.

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