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Iowa Judge: Rocker Memoir did not defame Waterloo woman

(AP) Iowa City, IA - A defamation lawsuit against Sammy Hagar filed by a former Playboy bunny who claims he fathered her child has been dismissed, and the former Van Halen front man is pleased with the result, his attorney said Monday.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled April 30 that Hagar did not defame the woman — identified as Jane Doe in court documents — when he accused her in his 2011 memoir of falsely naming him as the baby's father in order to extort money.

"We're certainly gratified by the result and we hope this means that it's all over," said Hagar's attorney, Wesley Kinnear of San Francisco. "It's difficult to be involved in litigation like this. It was a surprise to him. And he's very pleased that the judge ruled the way that she did."

The woman, of Waterloo, Iowa, claims she and Hagar had an affair in the 1980s, when she was a Playboy bunny and that she became pregnant with his child after a concert in 1988.

 
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