Rob Lowe

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The papers have been filed and the gloves have come off.

Rob Lowe's attorney, Larry Stein, issued a statement late Wednesday in response to Nanny No. 2's sexual harassment claim against the actor and his wife, pretty much calling it a blatant attempt on lawyer Gloria Allred's part to divert attention from her other client, Nanny No. 1, who's also suing the Lowes.

(Meanwhile, Lowe had already sued both of the nannies—and his former chef—for breach of contract, defamation and a litany of other employer-employee sins.)

"Having struck out against Rob Lowe, Gloria Allred now seeks to drag his wife and children into the fray," Stein said.

"In response to a lawsuit against Laura Boyce by the Lowes, Ms. Allred filed a cross-complaint on behalf of Boyce, which contains false allegations, in an apparent attempt to divert the negative publicity which Allred's client, [Jessica] Gibson, has universally received. Although framed as a sexual harassment claim against both Sheryl and Rob Lowe, the cross-complaint alleges only words by Sheryl and never mentions any words or conduct by Rob whatsoever.

"The alleged statements by Sheryl are totally unrelated to, and do not provide any support for, Gibson's claims against Rob."

Meanwhile, court documents obtained by People show that Sheryl Lowe is the main target of Boyce's suit. The erstwhile babysitter claims Sheryl created and "extremely sexually offensive and hostile work environment" by "behaving in a...perverted, disgusting and crude manner."

She would walk around naked; ask personal, graphic questions about Boyce's boyfriend; use offensive language; and talk about her sex life with Rob, the lawsuit claims.

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