A 35-year-old California woman says Ryan O’Neal, 70, is the father of her baby, but the actor is denying paternity. Ryan, the former husband of the late Farrah Fawcett, is already father to four grown children: daughter Tatum and sons Griffin, Redmond and Patrick.
Jessica Zellars claims that, in February, she gave birth to Ryan’s fifth child, a son, after having a “brief romantic relationship” with the actor in 2011.
“This woman’s claim is ridiculous and false. She has been harassing and stalking Ryan. He never had a personal relationship with her. This will be the first time a woman got pregnant without having sex or in-vitro,” his rep said in a statement.
Jessica isn’t backing down. “Last week we sent a request for a voluntary paternity test in the form of a court-admissible cheek swab from Mr. O’Neal,” her attorney told RadarOnline.
“He and his lawyers were given the name and address of the medical clinic (which took samples from the mother and child today), and its hours of operation. All Mr. O’Neal has to do is go to the correct facility in the West Los Angeles area and the whole process should take 5-10 minutes. This is a very simple and minimally invasive procedure. The qualified medical and laboratory facilities are ready, willing and able to take the samples from Mr. O’Neal. The cheek swab would clearly settle the issue of Mr. O’Neal’s paternity once and for all.”
Ryan has agreed to take the paternity test, according to his lawyers. And if the test proves he’s the father, then he’ll have to get out the checkbook.
“Jessica does expect him to step up and financially support the baby regardless of his involvement in the child’s life and she has retained counsel to achieve that objective,” a source close to the 35-year-old woman said.
“Jessica has always wanted to respect Ryan’s privacy and image which is why she has been quiet about the situation. Despite his somewhat tarnished reputation as a father, Jessica speaks highly of Ryan and considers him a great guy and friend.”
Do you believe Ryan or Jessica?