'Saved by the Bell' Star Sues Tabloid
Lark Voorhies claims cocaine allegations hurt her career and feelings
The 32-year-old actress filed a lawsuit Tuesday, May 30 against a tabloid over a story that claimed she had a cocaine problem, reports TMZ.com.
In June 2005, the National Enquirer printed an article which quoted one of her "friends" as saying she had a "terrible drug problem" and was "bipolar."
As a result of this alleged libel, Voorhies claims that she lost several acting jobs, had her privacy invaded and experienced "humilation, embarrassment, hurt feelings, mental anguish, and suffering." A month after the story was published, the actress went to her doctor, Howard Askins, who wrote a letter stating she didn't have a cocaine addiction and wasn't admitted to the hospital for substance abuse.
She is seeking unspecified punitive damages.
Voorhies is best known as the clothing/mall-obsessed Lisa on "Saved by the Bell" who was the extremely reluctant object of affection for the geeky Screech (Dustin Diamond). Later, she guest starred on an episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and had small parts on the soap operas "Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."