Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is being sued by an Australian woman who wants him to acknowledge he's the daddy of her five-month-old daughter - and pay up.
The "Ocean's 11" and "Sex Lies and Videotape" hitmaker, who is married to former E! television personality Jules Asner and lives in New York, was hit with the paternity suit by Frances Lawrencina Anderson Thursday.
While working in Australia, Anderson and Soderbergh "had sexual intercouse," the suit says, "on many occasions covering all possible dates of conception, including but not limited to December 2009, and as a result thereof (Anderson) became pregnant."
Pearl Button Anderson was born Aug. 30, 2010.
"(Soderbergh) has acknowledged that he is the father of the child verbally and by offering to pay various medical and other expenses incurred by (Anderson) in relation to the pregnancy," says the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The suit seeks to have Soderbergh be legally declared the child's father and to have him pay Pearl's health insurance and child support.
"(Anderson) is without sufficient resources to provide for the child," the suit says.
Raoul Felder, a lawyer for Anderson declined comment. A lawyer for Soderbergh did not return calls.
Soderbergh, 48, won a Best Director Academy Award for "Traffic" in 2000.
In May 2003, he married Asner, a former model who was once a fixture on FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" listings. It was the second marriage for both of them.
Soderbergh was in Australia in 2009 to direct "Tot Mom", a play he wrote about how Nancy Grace helped turn a Florida toddler's disappearance into a "24-hour news spectacle," according to the play's website. The play, written by Soderbergh, premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company in December 2009.