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Wayne Rogers’ estate sued for $3.4million in child support

A woman claiming she is the mother of a child fathered by the late M*A*S*H star Wayne Rogers is suing his estate for $3.4 million (£2.3million).
Rogers starred as the cantankerous Trapper John on the hit TV show, but left after three years in 1975 following a contract dispute. The actor later played a wisecracking doctor on another CBS series, House Calls.
According to showbiz website TMZ, actress Melinda Naud filed a creditors claim this week against Rogers’ estate, a follow-up to a civil suit she first filed in August 2013 before the actor’s death last December (15).
She claims Rogers made promises to financially provide for the child, including the creation of a $500,000 trust fund, a $1,000,000 life insurance policy, plus provision for college expenses and child support. A total she claims amounts to $3,418,000 (£2.4million).
Naud, who had roles on TV shows Happy Days and The Dukes of Hazzard, alleges breach of contract, fraud, concealment and false promise.
In the suit Naud also claims Rogers asked her to keep the news of the birth of “their child”, Luigi Calabrese, in 1985, quiet and hid his existence from his second wife Amy Hirsh.
The actress’s lawyer claims Naud has a written agreement for support in which the actor agreed to take a paternity test within 30 days of a demand by her lawyers. And in January (16) a judge gave the go ahead for the suit to continue after the actor’s passing. The late actor’s estate is reputed to be worth $75million.

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