Actress Victoria Principal filed a $3-million lawsuit Monday against Joan Rivers, claiming that the late-night television comedienne broadcast her unlisted phone number to millions.
Principal, who plays the long-suffering Pamela Ewing on the nighttime soap opera "Dallas," said she suffered "humiliation and anguish" as a result of the telephone tattling, which sparked a frenzy of phone calls from fans.
Rivers, who could not be reached for comment, was interviewing "Dallas" co-star Ken Kercheval on her syndicated late-night talk show when she decided to telephone Principal "with the express intention of asking Principal embarrassing questions about her personal and private life," according to the Los Angeles Superior Court suit.
Principal was not home.
But shortly after the phone number was mentioned over the air, "the switchboard lit up," her attorney, Gerald Edelstein, said.
The actress quickly changed her phone number, but not before receiving "numerous telephone calls from individuals whom she did not know," the lawyer said.