Christian Slater Sued For Defamation By Dad Michael Hawkins Over Schizophrenic Claim
Christian Slater is being sued by his actor dad Michael Hawkins for defamation for alleging in a June 2015 Interview magazine article that his father is a “manic-depressive schizophrenic,” who had a “difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people.” Slater’s dad, who’s real name is Thomas Knight Slater, alleges in court papers filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles that his son’s remarks are not only baseless and unfounded, but have also impeded his ability to now get work.
According to the court filing, Hawkins denies he suffers from schizophrenia, and contests Slater’s ability to make such a medical finding. Hawkins, who appeared in a number of soap operas, including “As The World Turns,” and had a smattering of bit parts in movies, claims Slater’s defamatory comments have “blacklisted” him in Hollywood. His last credit, according to IMDb, was “FBI Surveillance Agent #1” in 1988’s Midnight Run. Hawkins is seeking no less than $20 million in damages.
The suit stems from a passage in Interview during which Slater was asked if he sees his father. The actor responds, “Well, no. I haven’t seen him in a few years. We just spoke recently. He’s a manic-depressive schizophrenic. He’s always had trouble — he was a fantastic actor and extraordinarily charismatic and very, very good looking, but he had a really difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people.”
Ironically, a few sentences later, Slater explains that after not having talked to his dad for nearly a decade, Hawkins had “reached out” to reconcile and, as the actor notes, “I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him.” Gossip Cop has sought a comment from Slater’s rep about the lawsuit, but has yet to hear back.