SAMMY HAGAR's Memoir Didn't Defame Playboy Bunny Judge Rules
According to News.com.au,
a defamation lawsuit against SAMMY HAGAR
filed by a former Playboy
bunny who claims he fathered her child has been dismissed, and the
former Van Halen frontman is pleased with the result, his attorney said
US District Judge Linda Reade ruled on April 30 that Hagar did not
defame the woman - identified as Jane Doe
in court documents - when he
accused her in his 2011 memoir of falsely naming him as the baby's
father in order to extort money.
"We're certainly gratified by the result and we hope this means that
it's all over," said Hagar's attorney, Wesley Kinnear of San Francisco.
"It's difficult to be involved in litigation like this. It was a
surprise to him. And he's very pleased that the judge ruled the way that
The woman, of Waterloo, Iowa, claims she and Hagar had an affair in
the 1980s, when she was a Playboy bunny, and that she became pregnant
with his child after a concert in 1988.
At the time, the two reached a legal settlement in which Hagar
agreed to pay her during the pregnancy as long as she kept quiet about
her belief that he was the father. The child died shortly after birth in
1989 and no paternity tests were conducted. In all, Hagar paid the
In his 2011 memoir Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Hagar denied
fathering the child and accused the woman of extorting him. He wrote
that the woman, who then lived in Lansing, Michigan, seduced him after a
concert in Detroit, and then soon thereafter claimed she was pregnant.
"I smelled a setup," he wrote.
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