David Duchovny Sues Tabloid Over Tennis Affair Story
'Californication' actor denies cheating on wife with instructor
The "Californication" star filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Oct. 22 against The Daily Mail over a story that he had cheated on his wife Tea Leoni with tennis coach Edit Pakay, according to news sources.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, takes issue with the London paper's story over the weekend that claimed the actor had sought out 28-year-old Pakay as a tennis instructor and that their professional relationship turned into a "full-blown sexual affair."
"This is false. It never happened," claims the suit. In fact, according to the lawsuit, Pakay was never hired as a tennis coach and that as a friend of Duchovny, they had played tennis a few times, but the matches didn't wander into romantic or sexual territory.
Duchovny is seeking $1 million in damages for the alleged defamation and invasion of privacy.
Duchovny, 48, recently exited rehab for sex addiction. He and Leoni, his wife of 11 years, have been separated for several months but have kept the split quiet because of their two children: daughter Madelaine, 9, and son Kyd, 6.
The actor currently plays a womanizing novelist on Showtime's "Californication."