McSteamy Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane and wife Rebecca Gayheart are launching a lawsuit over a sex tape leaked to the Internet several months ago. The McSteamy video, as it was quickly labeled, showed Dane and Gayheart romping in the nude with former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche.
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Gawker Media, LLCÂ and journalist Mark Ebner over the nude video. The website allegedly purchased the video and posted it around August 17, violating the couple’s “legal rights and personal privacy.” The suit also claims Gawker.com refused to comply with demands to remove the nude video and “maliciously” distributed uncensored copies of it across the Net. The couple’s lawyers claim they have an exclusive, registered copyright on the sex tape video.
Court papers describe Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart in the case as the “Plaintiffs, who were partially and sometimes fully disrobed in the video, recorded it behind locked doors in Peniche’s bedroom.” Mark Ebner is accused of acquiring the video illegally and providing it to Gawker.com. Dane and Gayheart are seeking over $1 million in damages and an injunction against any further publishing of the video without their permission.
Country singer Mindy McCready allegedly stole the video from Peniche while they were roommates after co-starring on Celebrity Rehab, although she has denied this accusation.
Grey’s Anatomy hunk Eric Dane and wife Rebecca Gayheart are denying they had a three-way sexual escapade with former Miss Teen USA turned Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche. Kari Ann Peniche claimsÂ a video of the three romping in the nudeÂ was stolen by roommate Mindy McCready and was meant to be private.
The scandal over the so-called Mcsteamy sex tape video reached new heights Tuesday morning. The video shows Eric Dane, wife Rebecca Gayheart and Kari Ann Peniche crawling around naked and playing in a bathtub. Gayheart and Dane’s lawyers say the video is “not a sex tape,” however, and was “simply a private, consensual moment involving a married couple… never intended to be seen by the public.” Yeah, we’re guessing they probably weren’t gunning for national exposure of this particular independent film.
“It is a private tape made for only my clients’ personal use, and nobody has the rights to exploit it,” lawyer Marty Singer said in a press statement. Kari Ann Peniche’s manager David Weintraub told Us Weekly the tape was just “guys having fun, hanging out together. There is no sex involved in this.”
Kari Ann Peniche claims the video, which was stored on her personal computer, was stolen by ex-roommate Mindy McCready. The two appeared together on the TV reality show Celebrity Rehab 3. Peniche claims Mindy McCready stole her hard drive when she moved out after an argument. Peniche has also stated through her reps that she did not have sex with Rebecca Gayheart and/or Eric Dane.
Representatives for Dane, Gayheart, Peniche and McCready reportedly met to discuss the rights to the video and determined it belonged to Eric Dane. All seemed resolved about the not-sex tape until the video surfaced on Gawker.com Monday.
Note to celebrities out there. If you film yourself crawling around nude with playmates while calling each other by fake porn names, you are pretty much guaranteed that someday it is going to come back to bite you. Just say no to video!