Rob Lowe gets crazy with the lawsuits
Okay, let’s see if we can make some sense out of this Rob Lowe extortion story. On Monday the actor posted a cryptic missive on the Huffington Post, in which he says an ex-employee was trying to extort $1.5 million from the Lowe family, or else she would accuse them “of a vicious laundry list of false terribles.”
Then things got really crazy.
On Monday, Rob and wife Sheryl filed separate lawsuits against two former nannies and a former chef — whom he alleges had sex on Lowe’s bed and stole prescription drugs. In all, the Lowes are levying several charges including defamation and violation of confidentiality, and they want millions of dollars in damages.
Let’s take this one suit at a time. According to TMZ and People, the Lowes say ex-nanny Jessica Gibson claimed to have “a personal and intimate relationship (with Lowe)”; that she “bragged” about giving Lowe a massage; that Lowe sexually harassed her; and that Sheryl made “inappropriate comments of a sexual and racial nature” to her. (This all sounds bad, but remember: The Lowes are alleging that Gibson is going around spreading all this stuff, which would be defamatory to the Lowes. Moving on.)
In another suit, the Lowes claim former nanny Laura Boyce spread “malicious lies” about the Lowes and used “intimate and salacious” details of her personal life using “profane and vulgar” language.
Finally, the Lowes sued chef Peter Clements, alleging he had sex on the Lowes’ bed “with third parties”; stole pills from their medicine cabinet; broke security cameras; and overcharged them for food. (Okay, stealing pills is one thing, but overcharging for food? That’s the last straw.) Clements told TMZ the allegations were all news to him.
“Everyone knows we live in a time where public figures are targets,” Lowe wrote in his HuffPo editorial. “Well I won’t go away. No one intimidates my family. ... We will defend ourselves with vigor and without fear.”