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Sammy Hagar lawsuit may change to federal court

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The Sammy Hagar biography book cover pictured on Thursday, October 6, 2011. (RICK CHASE / Courier Staff Photographer)

WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo woman's lawsuit against rock star Sammy Hagar may be headed for federal court.

The woman, a former Playboy bunny identified in court records only as Jane Doe, is taking the Red Rocker to court, claiming part of his recent autobiography violated a confidentiality agreement over a child he allegedly fathered in 1989.

Her attorney filed the suit in Black Hawk County District Court earlier this month.

On Thursday, Hagar's attorneys, Richard Sapp and Frances Haas of Des Moines, asked that the case be moved to U.S. District Court for Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids because the parties are from different states.

Doe lives in Waterloo, and Hagar, 63, currently resides in Corte Madera, Calif.

According to court records, Doe and Hagar met in the late 1980s when he was the lead singer for Van Halen.

The two had an agreement that required Hagar to pay for her support during the pregnancy, which was supposed to be followed by a paternity test after birth. The deal included a confidentiality clause.

The child, a boy named Dylan, died shortly after birth.

In his book, "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock" released earlier this year, Hagar mentioned meeting the woman. He denied he was the father and said he was extorted.

Doe said in the lawsuit that the passage in "Red" violated their agreement and subjected her to reliving the events, including the child's death.

Hagar's attorney's haven't filed a formal response to allegations in the lawsuit.


The baby allegedly died shortly after birth. In a book released earlier this year, Hagar claims he was extorted by the woman and doubted she ever had a baby. The woman, who was not named in the book, filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Hagar's broke their secret agreement by publishing what he did in his new book.

This 1989 confidentiality agreement was attached to the end of the lawsuit filed in court.

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