Star of True Romance (or Mr. Robot, if you're not stuck in a '90s warp) Christian Slater is being sued by his father, thanks to remarks made during a conversation with 'Interview' magazine in 2015.
The 46-year-old referred to his dad, actor Michael Hawkins, as a “manic-depressive schizophrenic,” which has lead to a defamation lawsuit that could potentially cost Slater $20 million.
According to Hawkins, not only are the claims baseless, but they have "blacklisted" him from job-opportunities in Hollywood. A curious statement seeing as Hawkins, whose real name is Thomas Knight Slater, last appeared as 'FBI Surveillance Agent #1' in 1998 movie, Midnight Run.
The accusation in question came after Interview Magazine asked if he has regular contact with his father. Christian responded:
“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, mere sentences later Slater mentions that for the first time in decades his father had "reached out" to him and he "was very grateful to be able to communicate with him.”
What's your favorite Christian Slater movie?
Source: Gossip Cop