Tammy Tousignant, one of the former private stewardesses of Arnold Schwarzenegger, sues the British journal Daily Mail, Gawker and the National Enquirer, for claiming that she had a love child with the Hollywood actor and former California governor, Reuters reports.
Tammy Tousignant and the members of her family, husband Tom, and children Tanner and Connor, are suing the papers for 10 million dollars on charges of defamation by libel, invasion of their privacy and misappropriation of image and likeness.
The papers claimed that Tousignant’s first child is actually the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former stewardess worked for Schwarzenegger from 1987 to 1999. Tanner, the first son, was born in August, 1992. The speculation first appeared in the press in 2003, exactly when the actor was running for governor.
In May, Gawker began speculation on the identity of the mother of Arnold’s lovechild. At the time, Arnold had confessed that he indeed has an out-of-the wedlock child with one of his staff members, but did not reveal the identity of his mistress. Gawker published a photo of Tousignant and Schwarzenegger, claiming that she is the mother of the actor’s love child. Later, it was proven that the mother was actually one of the family’s housekeepers, Mildred Baena, and the child is in his teenage years. Gawker received a demand of correcting the misleading information but the website did not correct the error. On the contrary, it continued to state that Tanner could be Arnold’s son. Tousignant then offered to provide them with the ultimate proof that they are mistaking: to give them a copy of a paternity test. But Gawker ignored it.
The other two publications, The Daily Mail and the National Inquirer, had published the same speculation in May. Since that time, the Tousignant family’s life has changed dramatically as they are followed by the paparazzi everywhere.