Janice Payne claims the book Naked Instinct: The Unauthorized Biography of Sharon Stone falsely reported her December 1995, 90210 ZIP-code encounter with the actress.
In Frank Sanello's 1997 tome, a so-called "impeccable, unimpeachable" socialite eyewitness, identified only by the pseudonym "Mrs. Lew Rothenberg," describes how she walked into the powder room at the swanky hotel and heard Stone compliment Payne (referred to as "Jane" Payne in the text) on a "terrific body"--a "terrific body" that the Intersection star was "fondling...touching...holding...patting...," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"Rothenberg," said to be a dining companion of Payne, soon left the bathroom, only to return a second time, urged by friends to find out what had become of Payne, according to Sanello's book. Not happy to see "Rothenberg" again, Stone allegedly told Payne, "Let's go over here in the stall. I want to talk to you in private."
"I think [Stone] was making a pass at her in the stall," the biography quotes "Rothenberg" as saying. "She certainly was making a pass at her outside the stall."
Janice Payne says not so fast. In her lawsuit, the nurse, hired to provide medical care for Stone during the 1994 Vegas shoot for Casino, says she and Stone did end up together in the bathroom of the Beverily Hills Hotel--but not for the reasons the mysterious "Mrs. Lew Rothenberg" hints at.
During a hotel-based charity event honoring Stone, the film star asked Payne to join her in the restroom--the better to discuss in private a potential film based on Payne's life, the lawsuit states.
Following a brief confab in a stall, Payne claims a Las Vegas woman, name of Sylvia Kaufenberg, spotted her and Stone together. Payne's camp claims that Kaufenberg is "Mrs. Lew Rothenberg" and that the woman weaved a tawdry story for the Sanello biography because she was miffed that she didn't get seated at Stone's table at the function.
The lawsuit, said to be filed at Stone's urging, seeks $10,000 in damages. Sanello, Carol Publishing and the "Rothenberg" source are all named in the suit.
Sanello tells the New York Post he's not worried about the lawsuit--especially since Payne admits hooking up with Stone in the bathroom. "I've never heard of anyone holding a story meeting in a public restroom, except maybe Eddie Murphy or Hugh Grant," the writer says, in the newspaper.
Sanello's book was slammed in a Booklist review last year as a biography that "strives for malicious intent whenever possible."
No comment from Stone's spokesperson.