IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS SF/AP) – A defamation lawsuit against former Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar filed by a former Playboy bunny who claims he fathered her child has been dismissed, and the Salinas-born “Red Rocker” is pleased with the result, his attorney said Monday.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled 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.
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“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 she did.”