Canwest (Ca), October 13, 2009
DNA test clears Keanu Reeves in Canadian paternity suit: Lawyer
by Jordana Huber
TORONTO — A lawyer for Keanu Reeves will ask an Ontario judge to dismiss a paternity suit brought by a woman from Barrie, Ont. after DNA test results showed the actor is not the father of any of her children.
Karen Sala, 47, sought DNA testing claiming Reeves possibly fathered "more than one" of her four children, now in their 20s.
"The results confirm Mr. Reeves is not the father of any of the children," Reeves lawyer, Lorne H. Wolfson said Wednesday.
Reeves maintained he never had an intimate relationship with Sala or even knew her, Wolfson said.
Sala said she questions the validity of the test results.
"I know he is the biological father," Sala said. "He obviously doesn't want to take responsibility. If he wanted to he would have done it years ago."
Wolfson said he will be in court Jan. 7 asking a judge to dismiss Sala's case.
He said he is confident the DNA testing was conducted appropriately and the results are sound.
"We're asking for a declaration he is not the father and we are asking for a dismissal of her claims for child and spousal support," he said.
Wolfson said it is "unfortunate" Sala is challenging the validity of the DNA results.
"For whatever reason she is intent on harassing Mr. Reeves and that seems to be what this is turning into," Wolfson said.
Sala said she knew Reeves when he lived in Toronto, and grew up in the same area. She said they remained friends and the actor would visit her when he came to Toronto.
In addition to a declaration of parentage, Sala, who is representing herself, sought child support of $150,000 per month, retroactive to June 1988, as well as $3 million per month in spousal support, retroactive to November 2006.
Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but lived in Toronto during his youth before moving to Los Angeles.