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Rob Lowe Sues Chef and Two Former Nannies

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Apr. 8 2008, Published 11:06 a.m. ET

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Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, are playing hardball with a group of former employees. On Tuesday court documents showed the couple is suing not one former nanny, but two — and have thrown the book at an ex-chef as well.

In the lawsuit, Lowe claims that all three violated confidentiality agreements and, in one case, lied about having sex with the Brothers & Sisters star and then demanded $1.5 million in hush money.

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"Defendant Jessica Gibson has made statements suggesting that she and Rob Lowe have a personal and intimate relationship and, in effect, accusing Rob Lowe of infidelity."

Lowe calls the statements "false and defamatory." He also insists that Gibson's allegation is inconsistent: "Defendant has also made statements that Rob Lowe sexually harassed her."

The actor says Gibson accused his wife of making "inappropriate comments of a sexual and racial nature to Defendant," and says, among other things, "compromised the care of their two children by engaging in illegal drug use while on the job and reporting to work under the influence of illegal drugs."

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Lowe and his wife filed a pair of separate lawsuits against another former nanny, Laura Boyce, and an ex-chef, claiming they both divulged personal information about Lowe's family despite having signed strict confidentiality agreements.

News of Lowe's legal battle first broke yesterday, after the actor wrote a blog on The Huffington Post, claiming a former nanny would "accuse us of a vicious laundry list of false terribles" unless they paid her $1.5 million.

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