LOS ANGELES (CN) – “Gray’s Anatomy” star Eric Dane and his wife, actress and former Noxzema girl Rebecca Gayheart, demand $1 million from gossip Web site Gawker Media for posting a “highly personal and private” 4-minute video of the couple frolicking naked with former Miss Teen USA Kari Anne Peniche.
Dane and Gayheart say they recorded the copyrighted video behind the locked doors of Peniche’s bedroom.
Tabloid journalist Mark Ebner “somehow obtained” the video and posted it on Gawker.com under the headline “Dane’s Anatomy: McSteamy, His Wife and a Fallen Beauty Queen’s Naked Threesome,” according to the federal complaint.
The video was still posted this morning on the Gawker Web site. It allegedly has received 3.1 million “hits.” Dane and Gayheart say the defendant refused their demand to remove it.
Gawker also posted the video on its sister site Fleshbot.com, complete with nude shots of all three participants, the lawsuit states. From there, the video made its way to “countless other adult sites.”
Dane and Gayheart sued Gawker Media, Gawker News, Gawker Sales and Ebner, alleging copyright infringement.
They are represented in Federal Court by Martin Singer with Lavely & Singer.