Gawker, National Enquirer and Daily Mail named in $10 million complaint
Arnold Schwarzenegger's former private stewardess, Tammy Tousignant, has filed suit against Gawker, the National Enquirer and the Daily Mail in Orange County Superior Court over those publications' reports that she had a child with the "Terminator" star, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.
Tousignant — along with her husband, Tom, and children Tanner and Connor — is suing for defamation by libel, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of image and likeness.
The family is seeking damages in excess of $10 million.
Tousignant, who served as a flight attendant on Schwarzenegger's private plane from 1987 to 1999, is suing British newspaper the Daily Mail and the National Enquirer for stories they ran in 2003, when Schwarzenegger was running for governor of California.
Those stories claimed that Tousignant and Schwarzenegger had an affair that resulted is a son, Tanner, who was born to Tousignant in August 1992.
Tousignant's beef with Gawker began in May. As early reports swirled that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a member of his household staff, Gawker misidentified Tousignant as the woman in question, running a picture of her and Tanner.
(Schwarzenegger eventually 'fessed up to an affair that spawned a love child — but the baby-mama turned out to be his former housekeeper, Mildred Baena.)
The suit claims that Gawker was served with a demand for correction on May 18, but the site failed to adequately correct its errors and, even while acknowledging its mistake, stated that "Tanner could be Schwarzenegger's son."
The complaint further asserts that Tousignant offered to provide Gawker with the results of a paternity test to prove their claims wrong, but it ignored her offer.
The Daily Mail also resurfaced its earlier claims of an affair between Tousignant and Schwarzenegger in May, as the love-child scandal began to blossom, the suit states.
The suit goes on to state that the Tousignants' lives became a nightmare after the allegations were made, with paparazzi hounding them.
(Pamela Chelin contributed to this article)