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Judge to decide Lowe nanny case

March 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's now up to a judge to decide the outcome of a lawsuit filed by actor Rob Lowe and his wife against a former nanny for allegedly violating a contract and revealing confidential information about the couple. The Lowes' complaint against former nanny Laura Boyce, filed last April 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleged defamation, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and intentional misrepresentation.

Boyce's countersuit, filed April 30, alleges that Sheryl Lowe engaged in "sexually offensive and hostile conduct" between April and November of last year, which included walking around nude in front of Boyce, asking about her sexual relations with a black former pro basketball player and talking about her sex life with her actor husband.

Boyce worked for the Lowes as a nanny to their two sons, Matthew and John Owen, and signed a confidentiality agreement like every other Lowe employee, according to the litigation.

Boyce's lawyers, Gloria Allred and Dolores Leal, have moved to dismiss the Lowes' complaint against their client on grounds it violates her free-speech rights. They maintain it was filed against her in retaliation for her talking about her working conditions at the Lowe household with an attorney for Gibson. Boyce was no longer working with the Lowes when she spoke to the lawyer.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy Lewis says she will make a decision sometime after receiving the last brief in the case on March 20.

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