MANHATTAN (CN) – The grandson of mob boss John Gotti wants $10 million from the New York Post for reporting that he and his wife shook their guests down for cash, and that his father went ballistic on a soap star.
The Oct. 1 article deriding John Agnello and Alina Sanchez’s nuptials as a tacky circus appeared just one week after the couple tied the knot at Oheka Castle in Huntington, Long Island.
In a splashy front-page spread, the Post claimed that a hoard of thugs shook down guests like John Travolta and Kelly Preston for minimum gifts of at least $5,000.
Father of the groom Carmine Agnello supposedly showed up with enough goons “to guard an army,” and then “blew his stack” when he spotted his ex’s new flame.
While Agnello and Sanchez apparently don’t dispute that mom Victoria Gotti has been dating Jack Scalia, an actor on the soap “All My Children,” they say not another word of the article is true.
“The amount of wedding gifts, if any, was left to the sole discretion of the invitee,” the 23-page suit filed Friday in Nassau County Supreme Court says.
Agnello and Sanchez also dispute that various celebrities were among the close friends and family who celebrated their big day.
“John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Kevin Connolly, Debi Mazar or Drena De Niro did not attend,” the complaint states.
The couple wants $10 million for defamation and libel.
A voice message and email left with the Post were not returned Wednesday afternoon.
Before mother of the groom Victoria Gotti made a name for herself on the VH1 realty show “Mob Wives,” she and her family starred on their own A&E series “Growing Up Gotti.”
Agnello and Sanchez are represented by Christopher Cassar.
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