A man is suing his daughter for allegedly defaming him in a video she created in January, claiming she was sexually abused by her father throughout her childhood.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also alleges false light publicity, intentional infliction of emotional distress and eavesdropping.
The plaintiff says he did not abuse his daughter, who is identified in his court papers as a 28-year-old musician and social activist who lives in El Segundo. He is seeking unspecified damages from the defendant, who could not be immediately reached for comment.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s daughter created a 17 1/2- minute video, dubbed “The Coverup Girl,” in which she asserts that her father repeatedly molested her during weekend vacations from the time she was 8 years old through “the remainder of her minority.”
He claims in court papers filed Sept. 29 that his daughter asserts that her childhood “provides her with inspiration to create music.”
In producing the video, the man claims his daughter secretly recorded a phone conversation with him in which he denied abusing her. But his denials were omitted from the segment dealing with the phone call, demonstrating his daughter’s unwillingness to address “her fictitious history of abuse,” his suit states.
According to the suit, the defendant posted the video on Vimeo.com and also created a YouTube.com posting in which she says one out of five girls suffers from sexual abuse and states: “Sexual abuse doesn’t have to define us. I hope my story inspires you to have courage, too.”
The daughter performed live at a nonprofit homeless center in January and repeated her allegations against her father to the staff there, according to his complaint.