10 years ago, a nude tape of the Grey’s Anatomy Star, Eric Dane, and his wife Rebecca Gayheart enjoying a bath with then former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche was leaked online. At that time back in 2009, Dane and his wife filed a USD$ 1 million lawsuit against Gawker Media for copyright infringement and settled for just over a million dollars.
Back then, having to issue a statement on the matter, Eric Dane was quick to call the whole thing a mishap and a mistake. Soon after that case, in 2011, he went to a rehabilitation facility for his growing addiction to pain killers that he was consuming to treat the pain of a sports injury. After that, in 2017, the star distanced himself from his TNT’s The Last Ship production to deal with his depressive episodes.
The star has been recently given an interview to Glamour about his controversial role in HBO’s Euphoria. He related his on-screen role to the things he deals with in his own life and has been dealing with for a while. The star said:
I understand what it’s like to lead a double life. To have secrets and to have to live keeping those secrets from people. I’ve certainly had my struggles with alcoholism, drug addiction, mental health, and I know what it’s like to have to put up a facade and have an external experience not match the internal experience. I felt like that was my strongest asset in trying to articulate what the guy’s going through.”
Eric Dane has had a decade of ups and downs that have changed him and his outlook on life. On something that he then called a mistake, Dane now has a completely different perspective and has issued statements of zero regret towards the incident of the making of the nude tape. He spoke up on the incident in his recent interview as well.
I often think about that answer I gave. And looking back now, was it a mistake? Absolutely not. Three consenting adults, one of them being my wife? I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was most likely referring to the drug use that was alluded to in the video, and was that a mistake? Again, I don’t necessarily think I was breaking any laws and corrupting anybody. We were just three people taking a bath. Nor do I make any apologies for my life experience. It’s my life experience and I am at peace with all of it.”
Not relating to this 2009 incident, but Rebecca Gayheart did file for divorce from the Grey’s Anatomy star in 2018. The two are now divorced and share custody of their two daughters.