UPDATE: Kitaen and her ex reached an undisclosed settlement April 15, 2009. Her lawyer would only say that his client was pleased with the outcome. The case had been scheduled to go to trial next week.
Tawny Kitaen just can't escape the surreal life.
The Bachelor Party actress sued her ex-boyfriend Monday for allegedly stealing more than $3 million in assets over the course of their four-year relationship.
According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Kitaen is accusing real estate executive Philip W. Cyburt of fraud, conversion and breach of fiduciary duty for supposedly, among other things, forging her name on checks, pilfering her airline miles, using her credit cards and making unauthorized withdrawals from her brokerage account.
There was no immediate comment from Cyburt.
Kitaen's suit states that, in 2005, she noticed unfamiliar charges on her credit card statements, saw that checks that had been fraudulently issued in her name, learned that the titleholder information on her real estate holdings had been changes and discovered that nearly $300,000 had been withdrawn from her brokerage account.
"She never imagined this seemingly honest and caring man would slither into her life only to rob her of over three million dollars," the lawsuit states. While together, the couple traveled extensively, celebrated birthdays and holidays, and interacted with the other's children. They broke up in February 2006, partly due to Cyburt's purported financial indiscretions.
At the end of 2006, the suit states, Kitaen hired a handwriting expert to analyze her financial and real estate records, and the results of the investigation confirmed her suspicions.
She alleges that Cyburt sold real estate that she owned in West Hollywood, Newport Beach and Los Angeles, pocketed the difference and then used her money to repurchase the properties at a higher price.
And Kitaen, who most recently was a housemate on the sixth season of The Surreal Life, had probably been hoping that things would be getting a little easier from now on.
Whitesnake's onetime video muse checked into rehab last May after police found cocaine at her home during a routine "welfare check" on her and her two daughters with ex-husband Chuck Finley.
Prosecutors agreed to drop a felony drug-possession charge against her if she successfully completed a treatment program.