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Eva Mendes Denies River Phoenix Romance

Screen beauty Eva Mendes has hit out at rumors she is dating Walk The Line star Joaquin Phoenix.

The Hitch actress, who is already in a long-term relationship, sparked rumors of a romance with Phoenix after the pair showed up at New York City restaurant La Esquina on Monday night.

A source tells gossip site PageSix.com, “They were absolutely adorable together” and reports they “held hands and danced together” at Club Butter after dinner.

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The source adds, “It was weird – everyone knows she has a longtime boyfriend.”

However, Mendes‘ spokeswoman Nicole Caruso insists the actress was simply socializing with a work colleague, saying, “They are just friends.

“They are in town doing a movie together called We Own the Night with Mark Wahlberg. Eva is still with her boyfriend.”

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