David Boreanaz sued by 'Bones' extra for alleged sexual harassment
David Boreanaz has been sued by an actress working as an extra on his television show Bones for alleged sexual harassment, while the actor's spokesperson said the allegations were "totally fabricated".
Kristina Hagan is seeking more than $25,000 in her suit against Boreanaz and its studio 20th Century Fox Television.
According to the court papers filed on Thursday, Boreanaz had met Hagan on the set of the show in August 2009, when she was an extra, and the actor, an executive producer of Bones, had allegedly indicated to her that he would be able to get a job as a more prominent character on the show. Hagan said she gave him her head shots, business card and contact information at his request.
For the next few weeks, she said, Boreanaz allegedly sent her text messages, some of which contained "sexually inappropriate material", and spoke to her on the phone "in a sexually suggestive manner." Hagan said she met Boreanaz in person several times, including in a car, outside her home and in his trailer, during which he allegedly kissed and fondled her and "became sexually aggressive".
"She felt that she was in a no-win situation and she desperately needed to obtain work but she was also determined that under no circumstances would she allow him to have sex with her," the court papers say. "However, she also understood that she had to put up with a certain amount of his inappropriate sexual behavior in order to have any opportunity to obtain employment on Bones."
Boreanaz's spokesperson denied Hagan's claims, telling news outlets in a statement: "The allegations concerning any alleged inappropriate conduct by David Boreanaz are totally fabricated and absurd. There is no validity to this lawsuit."
There was no comment from 20th Century Fox. Boreanaz stopped pursing her in October, the court papers say, adding that he allegedly told her he would "have to 'cool it' because lawyers were involved" amid reports in the media that said he was unfaithful to his wife of eight years, former Playboy Playmate Jaime Bergman, which he denied. Hagan was never given a larger role in Bones.
Boreanaz, who also starred in the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, said in May he had cheated on his wife and added he was coming forward because a former mistress had threatened to speak to the media.
"Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I just want to be open and honest. I was irresponsible," the 41-year-old actor had told People magazine, adding that he and Bergman are working on repairing their marriage.
He and Bergman, his second wife, have two children - Jaden Rayne, 8 and Bardot Vita, who is 10 months old.
Boreanaz had said his former mistress has contacted an attorney and threatened to contact the press, adding: "I was associated with a woman who I was involved with and had a relationship with. She asked for money. I felt as though I was being blackmailed or there was some sort of extortion."
Hagan is represented by famed Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred, who said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Friday that "Ms. Hagan is looking forward to her day in court."