Dr. McSteamy is steamed up – and he’s taking his anger to a courtroom.
Grey’s Anatomy star Eric Dane and wife Rebecca Gayheart filed suit Wednesday against Gawker Media, LLC and journalist Mark Ebner over a video that shows the couple nude with former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche.
The suit alleges that Ebner brought the tape to Gawker, which posted it “on or about” August 17 of this year, violating the plaintiffs’ copyright.
The defendants were served with a takedown notice the same day the tape was posted but the lawsuit states, “In brazen disregard for Plaintiffs’ legal rights and personal privacy, Gawker not only refused to comply…but went on to maliciously distribute an uncensored copy of the Video.”
The suit, filed by top Los Angeles firm Lavely & Singer, says the plaintiff’s were damaged in excess of $1 million. It also says Dane and Gayheart registered the tape with the United States Copyright office and want a jury trial.
Ebner is accused of obtaining the video and giving it to Gawker. The tape, according to the suit, “as a direct consequence of Defendants’ despicable misconduct, is now available on countless other adult sites on the Internet.”