A long-ago romantic partner of rocker Sammy Hagar — who sued him after he called her an extortionist — will get another day in court.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has reversed part of a lower court ruling that had thrown out the unnamed woman’s lawsuit. That means she can continue to go after Hagar on claims of libel, false-light invasion of privacy and breach of contract.
“Jane Doe,” who worked as a bunny at the Playboy Club in Lansing, Mich., from 1982-85, now lives in Iowa, one of the states in the 8th Circuit’s jurisdiction.
According to court records:
Hagar and Doe met in 1983 and were involved romantically for several years. In 1988, the woman became pregnant and told Hagar, then lead singer of the band Van Halen, that he was the father. The rocker denied paternity.
The woman gave birth in Febuary 1989, but the baby died days later. A paternity test wasn’t done.
Flash forward to 2011, when Hagar penned an autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock.” He described Doe as “a former Playboy bunny from California” who “came knocking at my (hotel) door in the middle of the night in Detroit.”
According to the book, Hagar answered the door naked, she threw him on the bed and … well, you get the idea.
At some point later — about 10 days, according to Hagar’s book — the woman said she was pregnant.
“I knew it was not my baby,” Hagar wrote. “It was extortion.”
Hagar contends that Doe wanted “an apartment in New York and anything for that kid that my children would have.” He also said he didn’t believe she ever had a baby.
Nonetheless, Hagar and Doe signed an agreement that he would provide her some “financial assistance” in exchange for her silence. She says she got about $7,000. Neither person was supposed to discuss the agreement.
Hagar didn’t name the woman, but according to court records he conceded that people who knew about his relationship with Doe would recognize her in the book.