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Rocker Sammy Hagar must face ex-Playboy bunny’s lawsuit

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By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court revived a defamation lawsuit on Thursday against rocker Sammy Hagar, former lead singer for Van Halen, by a one-time Playboy bunny who claimed he fathered her son.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court judge erred in dismissing claims by the woman after Hagar, 66, accused her in his 2011 autobiography "Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock" of extortion by naming him as the father.

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