Stripper sues Enquirer over Ben Affleck story. She says a rival dancer made up the story that Ben cheated with her

By Gary Susman
August 14, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Ben Affleck: Glenn Weiner/ZUMA Press/NewsCom

A stripper is defending Ben Affleck’s honor — and her own — with a lawsuit against the National Enquirer. Antonella Santini, whose nom de G-string is Felicia, filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles, seeking unspecified punitive damages against the tabloid, its parent company American Media, and the three authors of the offending Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 stories that reported that Affleck had sex with Santini and two other strippers during his now-notorious visit last month to Brandi’s Exotic Nightclub in Vancouver. ”Contrary to the Enquirer’s reports, Plaintiff did not engage in any sex acts with Affleck,” the suit says, according to Reuters.

Also named in the suit is Santini’s coworker Tammy Morris, (a.k.a. ”Portia”), who says she also had sex with Affleck. Santini’s suit says that Morris fabricated her story in return for a $100,000 payoff from the Enquirer, and that Morris has failed at least one polygraph test and passed another only after taking an anti-anxiety drug. An American Media spokesperson defended the company in a statement, saying: ”All our sources stand by the story and we expect to resolve this in our favor very quickly.” Meanwhile, according to the New York Post, Affleck and fiancee Jennifer Lopez are denying reports that she’s kicked him out of the house.