Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Soderbergh hit with paternity case

Steven Soderbergh has been hit with a paternity case

Steven Soderbergh is being sued for child support by a woman who says the Oscar-winning filmmaker fathered her baby daughter.

The Ocean Eleven director's lawyer has declined to comment on the lawsuit, and his manager didn't immediately return a telephone call.

Australian citizen Frances Lawrencina Anderson's paternity suit says the Traffic director helped pay medical expenses during Anderson's pregnancy, and a DNA test showed he was the father of the girl she had in August.

"(Soderbergh) has acknowledged that he is the father of the child verbally," adds the lawsuit, filed in a state court in New York.

Soderbergh, who won the best directing Oscar in 2000 for Traffic, married TV personality and novelist Jules Asner in 2003.

Anderson's lawsuit says she and Soderbergh had a sexual relationship at points including December 2009, when his play Tot Mom opened in her hometown of Sydney. Soderbergh wrote and directed the play, which reflects on media coverage of the case of slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony.

Soderbergh, 48, gained acclaim and a screenwriting Oscar nomination for 1989's Sex, Lies, And Videotape, which he also directed. He also got a directing nomination for 2000's Erin Brockovich, making him one of few directors to be nominated for two films in one year.

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