Sammy Hagar, Lawsuits, and the Playboy Bunny’s Baby
The Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, has seen his share of ups and downs in life. He was tapped by the Van Halen Brothers to replace David Lee Roth after he left the band. Hagar took the Van Halens to their first number one single and album.
Eventually, Hagar and the Van Halens had a falling out, tried to make it work, but eventually gave it up for lost. Van Halen is now back with Roth and rocking well.
But during those years, and even in his years prior with Montrose and solo, Hagar had one adventure after another. The man is an entrepreneur, investing in fire sprinkler companies, a tequila, and a nightclub, among other ventures. And he’s had his share of the ladies.
One lady was an unnamed Playboy Bunny that Hagar allegedly met in the 80s. This woman claims that she became pregnant with Hagar’s child in 1988. She reportedly told Hagar that the baby was his, but it died five days after being born. The thing is, Hagar was married at the time.
Hagar told his side the whole story in his autobiography “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock”. He said he was not the baby’s father, that there was no paternity test, and that he was encouraged by his manager to pay the woman to keep quiet. Read exactly what Sammy said about the woman here.
But this is one woman who was not going away. She has been trying to sue Hagar ever since the book came out, demanding restitution for libel, invasion of privacy and breach of a confidentiality agreement.
It turns out, the woman has moved to Iowa. Circuit Judge Myron Bright explains how that plays into the case against Hagar.
“Under Iowa law, an accusation that a person is a liar is defamatory as a matter of law,” Bright wrote. “Indeed, Hagar’s statements regarding Doe’s criminality, dishonesty, and sexual exploits have a natural tendency to provoke Doe to wrath or expose her to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule within the community of individuals that recognize her as the subject.”
What this all boils down to is that the legal fight rolls on for Hagar.