A woman claims Keanu Reeves is the father of her four children and has demanded $3 million a month in child support. Meanwhile, the actor claimed to have never met this woman.
Being a well-known celebrity in the entertainment industry means dealing with all kinds of fans, including out-of-control fans. While some stars are used to this kind of situation, Keanu Reeves was surprised to find himself in the middle of a dispute with a fan.
Reeves was once taken aback after a random woman, Karen Sala, claimed he was the father of her four adult children. The charge was taken to court and the ‘John Wick’ actor showed up for trial.
L’acteur Keanu Reeves. | Photo : Getty Images
SALA MAKES HER ACCUSATIONS
In 2020, Sala claimed that Reeves was the biological father of her children, then aged 21, 22, 23 and 25. Therefore, she demanded a whopping $3 million a month child support from him. And since 1988, she has asked for $150,000 a month for the children since 1988. In her words:
“I know for sure that he is the biological father.”
According to the woman, who was previously married, she and Reeves had an intimate relationship during her marriage. She claims they lived together for some time and he witnessed the birth of some of her children.
Keanu Reeves attends the premiere of ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ at the Village Theater, May 7, 2003, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Sala claims to have evidence of their relationship, but refused to show it in court. Additionally, she claimed they grew up together in the same town of Barrie, when in truth, Reeves lived 100 miles away in Toronto before moving to Hollywood in 1986.
In her testimony, Sala claims to have known the “Matrix” star since she was four or five years old, but didn’t reconnect with him until years later. She even claimed that he had a different name. She added:
“I didn’t know he was Keanu Reeves. To me he was Marty Spenser.”
Keanu Reeves poses during a photoshoot in 1987 in West Hollywood, California, to promote ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ | Source: Getty Images
REEVES REACTS TO ALLEGATIONS
On the other hand, Reeves said the craziest thing a fan ever did to him was “accusing me of being a dad.” He added: “I had to go to court. It was awful. I didn’t. I’m not the father.” Moreover, Reeves claims to have never met this woman.
He was also diagnosed with dyslexia and struggled to learn, and at the age of 17 he dropped out of high school.
Her rep also found Sala’s allegations “completely false and absurd,” including because she suggested the ‘Speed’ actor used hypnosis to disguise himself as Sala’s ex-husband and put her on. pregnant.
Keanu Reeves during the talk session during the Suzuka 8 Hours at Suzuka Circuit on July 26, 2015 in Suzuka, Japan. | Source: Getty Images
CASE ENDS IN FAVOR OF REEVES
As mentioned in their divorce proceedings, Reeves’ attorney, Lorne Wolfson, believes Sala’s ex-husband is the father of her four children. Sala’s children had to do a DNA test to prove his claims. However, she refused to show her children’s birth certificates and test her ex-husband’s DNA. Wolfson said:
“His testimony is, at best, incredible. There are clearly no issues for debate.”
When DNA results came in, they showed Reeves was not the father of the woman’s children. However, she disputed and raised issues with the results, such as the possibility of tampering with the evidence or Reeves, again, using hypnosis to get the result in his favor.
Keanu Reeves at the premiere of Summit Entertainment’s ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ at ArcLight Hollywood on January 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
Later, an Ontario judge dismissed the suit and said holding a trial would be “a waste of limited judicial resources.” Judge Fred Graham also told the court that any rational judge would not accept the woman’s allegations.
Reeves’ experience is undoubtedly one he will never forget, and while he wasn’t the father of Sala’s children, that doesn’t mean he never had offspring. to him.
The ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ actor welcomed actress Jennifer Syme, whom he met at a promotional event for his band, ‘Dogstar.’ The couple quickly fell in love and started their life together. However, the end of their relationship was as tragic as the death of their daughter.
Keanu Reeves at the Japanese premiere of ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ at Roppongi Hills on June 13, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. | Source: Getty Images
REEVES’ ONLY DAUGHTER
Reeves and Syme found love in 1999 and soon received the wonderful news of the actress’ pregnancy. Sadly, a few months into the pregnancy, their joy turned to sadness with the unexpected passing of their daughter, Ava Archer Symes-Reeves.
Indeed, the couple struggled to cope with this loss. Syme, in particular, struggled with postnatal depression until the chasm between them caused them to go their separate ways. It was believed that Syme and Reeves were struggling to pick up the pieces, but in 2001, another tragedy occurred.
The 28-year-old actress had an accident on her way to a party at Marilyn Manson’s. Reeves was devastated when he carried his lover’s coffin through the funeral, along with others, to be buried next to their daughter.
In an earlier interview after the incident, as reported by the Mirror, Reeves said, “The grief changes shape, but it never ends.” He added that there is a feeling of loneliness when loved ones pass away.
Unfortunately, the deaths of Ava and Syme weren’t the only tragic events that happened in the actor’s life. At the age of three, Reeves saw his father leave his mother to take care of their family alone. Consequently, he had to move several times with his family, living in Hawaii, New York, Australia and Canada.
He was also diagnosed with dyslexia and struggled to learn, and at the age of 17 he dropped out of high school. Nevertheless, her mother was her biggest support. Things got better when he got his chance in the movie “Bill and Ted,” and he’s since become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.