There's nothing like a health spa development scheme gone bad between a former sitcom star and some dude.
In this case – and feel free to put case in quotes if you like – the former sitcom star is Rue McClanahan of The Golden Girls fame and the some dude is Dirk Summers, the latter of whom claims to have been in a romantic relationship with McClanahan from 1980 to 1997 and is now demanding $3.7 million in punitive damages in California Superior Court over perceived "slander," "malicious conduct," "libel," "loss of reputation," and other calamitous piercings of the soul's honor and the like.
The facts of the case have the distinction of being both muddled and thin, perfect for the Hollywood climes from which they sprung. Whatever golden age that there was for the couple seems to have gone sour over plans to create and develop something called the Elan Vital Wellness and Longevity Centre (there is no indication that the name of the project will be optioned to a B grade science fiction film).
To boil things down: Summers (no relation to Buffy) claims that McClanahan was supposed to cough up $10 million so that they could borrow another $40 million against it to get the epic experiment in Wellness rolling. Somewhere down the line, McClanahan got the impression that Summers forged her name on escrow and bank documents and subsequently stole $200,000 from her. That's where the allegations of libel, slander, defamation, and free-ranging reputation hackery supposedly come in.
Without any response to the original lawsuit from McClanahan, the trial court awarded Summers $3.7 million based on Summers' version of the story. The appellate court set it aside because she wasn't served properly. So now the ride round the legal merry-go-round begins yet again, this time with the opportunity to hear McClanahan's side of the story.