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Paul Anka Sues Estranged Wife for Defamation

2/2/2010 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Paul Anka has just raised the stakes in his bitter divorce -- he just filed a defamation case against his estranged wife, Anna Anka.

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The defamation is interesting, but the backstory is riveting. Among other things, Paul claims Anna didn't marry Paul out of love -- he claims Anna's real intent "may have been to leverage Paul's celebrity status to get herself a television show." And a TV show she got -- "Swedish Hollywood Wives."

Paul says Anna was wacky, claiming one time during a concert tour in the Middle East she obsessed that her son would be "kidnapped and sold into slavery" and worried about "a major child porn industry in Israel and Ethan will be put into it."

Paul claims Anna's fits of anger were epic. As for the alleged defamation, Paul claims Anna gave interviews to the Swedish press, claiming she did not have a prenuptial agreement with Paul and that she had a right to half his money, adding, "You won't believe how much I'll get when this is over."

Paul says Anna falsely implied that he forged her name on the prenup and that he says is the defamation.


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16.

balls    

TAURUS
February 02, 2010

Your social life is on the upswing, so see if you can scare up a few people to head out and have some fun! You should be able to lift others' spirits with ease, and you're super-fun to be around!

1623 days ago
18.

He makes me sick    

Dude! You're the one that decided to marry her!

1623 days ago
19.

Laura    

Harvey looks like Paul Anka

1623 days ago
20.

Gigi    

You kids might just see Paul Anka as an old man, but I was a teenager when he first sang "Diana" and he was a dreamboat to all of us and forever will be as well as Fabian and Frankie Avalon and all the rest of the Italian crooners from the 60's. Not to mention he (Paul) is one of the most prolific songwriters of all time. We remember and still love and respect you Paul! How in the world did you ever get tangled up with that woman anyway? Get rid of her and get on with the music!

1623 days ago
21.

tacky66    

paul anka is so nice; he should have dumped her a long time ago
in fact, he should have married annette funicello

1623 days ago
22.

that.is.all    

Paul should also sue her for DEFECATION because she is a huge POS.

1623 days ago
23.

dee    

He divorced his first wife after 5 kids and 37 years! Now this?

1623 days ago
24.

benchmark    

He seemed such a good husband and father in his first marriage...

1623 days ago
25.

Janet    

She is very disliked by the Swedish people!! The way she talks is out rageuos.All she talks about is SEX.....

1623 days ago
26.

Mike Hunt    

Paul Anka is still alive? He's what, about 90?

1623 days ago
27.

LH    

"In San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1962, Anka met Anne de Zogheb, daughter of Count Charles de Zogheb. Of Parisian and Egyptian descent, she was a fashion model on assignment and Anka was smitten by the tall blond, slim woman who was under contract to the Eileen Ford Agency. She was married and in the midst of a divorce, and Paul was vacationing in Puerto Rico with another woman.

They were married the following year in a lavish ceremony at Orly Airport in Paris. His wife gave up her modeling career after they married, saying in an interview: ``I believe a wife's place is with her husband. That is the way we both want it to be and I always accompany Paul wherever he goes.''

The couple's five daughters, Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda and Alexandra are a staple of his nightclub act. A photo-montage of his family are projected on a large screen while Anka sings Times of Your Life, the Kodak song. Women, his wife Anne, and his five daughters, have always surrounded Anka. In his nightclub act, he often jokes about the abundance of women in his life, saying ``at our house, PMS means Paul Must Suffer.''

The late 60s were not kind to Anka and singers of his ilk. The Beatles invasion in 1964 virtually wiped him and other teen singers off the pop charts, but Anka showed some of the savvy that would earn him a reputation as a shrewd businessman.

``I had enough credentials to break away from the pack. Other singers were not as fortunate and their careers suffered because they did not diversify.''

He retreated to the showrooms of Las Vegas and Europe. He moved to Italy in 1964, recorded nine albums in Italian, and was dubbed ``Polunka'' by his Italian fans. His song Ogni Volta, (Every Time) sold more than four million copies and won Italy's San Remo Song Festival."

1623 days ago
28.

Kathleen    

Love ya Paul, but you should have stuck with your 1st wife who loved you for many many years and bore all those daughters for you.

1623 days ago
29.

Stu    

LOL. Marriage is always eventually a bad idea. Their daughters went to my high school; At least they created something beautiful.

1623 days ago
30.

LH    

Uh-huh, Paul should have stuck with a tall skinny socialite wife who bore him 5 daughters and doesn't love him anymore? Next, he moved on to a much younger exercise obsessed skank who bore him 1 son and doesn't love him anymore? That tells us that his money can't buy him love. Unless he wants to grow old sleeping next to his money bags, he better settle for a warm body bag with meat on her bones near his own age.

1623 days ago
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