Actor Jason Patric, known for his role in The Lost Boys and a guest-star part on Entourage, is fighting to be recognized as the father of his ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber's son Gus after donating his sperm to her. However, Schreiber is not ready to give up her sole parental rights.
"During the course of my dating relationship with Jason, he was exposed to Gus," the actor's ex admitted to TODAY show co-host Savannah Guthrie on Monday, July 15. "Gus is my world. Anyone in my world would have contact with Gus."
Sitting beside Schreiber was her lawyer Patty Glaser who explained why the "facts, the law" and "common sense" are on her client's side in this case. "The law in California could not be clearer. He had an opportunity prior to the conception of this child to say, 'I want to be the dad.' He said 'no.' He not only said 'no,' he said, 'I want to keep it a secret.' And then right before the child was born, maybe four or five days before the child was born, he says it again in writing: He doesn't want to be the dad. He then comes in after the fact and by intimidation — dad-by-intimidation — he wants now to claim parenthood."
Schreiber was insistent during her interview that Patric has not earned the right to receive parental rights. "It's not about him having a relationship or contact with Gus. This is just about rights. ...Me preserving my right to be a sole legal parent, not having to share that with someone who has never intended to and never raised Gus, even when we were dating -- Jason never did anything to raise Gus. He never changed a single diaper."
Patric, 47, and his lawyer are set to appear on Katie Couric's talk show today, July 15, to offer the actor's side of the story.