Prince Frederic von Anhalt sued the Fox Network and Bill O'Reilly after the popular talk show host called Von Anhalt a "fraud" for saying he could be the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby.
Von Anhalt, the husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and one of three men to file a paternity claim for Smith's 6-month-old daughter, filed the defamation lawsuit against Fox and O'Reilly on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He is seeking $10 million in damages.
O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor," challenged Von Anhalt to take a lie detector test after he filed the paternity claim in mid-February. Von Anhalt initially accepted but later changed his mind when he learned how long the test would take, said Edward Lee, his attorney.
According to a transcript of the Feb. 23 show, O'Reilly called Von Anhalt a "fraud" and a "nut," though he added: "I say nut in an affectionate way."
"Look, this guy's a fraud," O'Reilly said on the show. "We know he's a fraud."
Von Anhalt feels the show crippled his credibility in the community, Lee said.
"He's really embarrassed," Lee said. "He's been getting a ton of phone calls, a ton of e-mails, from people looking down on him."
A spokeswoman for Fox News said the network hadn't received the lawsuit and could not comment on it.
Von Anhalt claimed to have had a 10-year relationship with Smith, a former Playboy playmate who died Feb. 8 in Florida at age 39. Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead also have filed paternity claims for Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.