David Duchovny has opted to serve first.
The recently separated Californication star sued Britain’s Daily Mail for defamation Wednesday over the tabloid’s report last week that Duchovny cheated on his wife, Téa Leoni, with a tennis instructor.
The Mail went ahead and posted the item online despite being told “point blank” that the story was false and that the alleged object of this adulterous affection was “explicitly and specifically denying a romantic or sexual relationship with David Duchovny,” according to court documents filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. (View the lawsuit.)
“By its intentional and reckless conduct, Daily Mail has caused substantial harm to Duchovny, in complete disregard of the truth and of even a semblance of journalistic integrity,” the suit states.