SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Roseanne Arnold, star of the television series 'Roseanne,' filed a cross-complaint Monday against the National Enquirer, charging that tabloid employees vandalized her rented mansion to stage a 'pig-sty story' about her.
The comedienne, formerly known as Roseanne Barr, alleged that two tabloid employees, Robert Jordan and John I. Jones, under orders from National Enquirer editor Steve Coz, 'emptied garbage cans inside the house ... damaged furniture and fixtures, stained rugs and walls' in order to fabricate the 'pig-sty story' that appeared in the tabloid's July 17, 1990, issue.
She and husband Tom Arnold also claimed that the owners of the Benedict Canyon mansion -- Spencer and Suzanne Proffer -- knew the house was in good condition when the Arnolds moved out on May 11, 1990, after 10 months of renting, but they allowed the Enquirer employees access to the property because the Proffers planned to remodel the house and needed about $200,000.
The cross-complaint, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed in Santa Monica Superior Court in response to a lawsuit filed against the Arnolds by the Proffers and their insurance company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, seeking payment for the property damage.
'Driven by greed, using fraud, perjury, artifice and deceit, (the Proffers) have claimed that Roseanne and Tom damaged the contents of their house,' the cross-complaint said.
'With full knowledge that the National Enquirer had damaged the premises ... (the Proffers) then further damaged the premises to inflate their claim to obtain sufficient money to redecorate the interior of their house.
'(The Proffers) ... as part of this conspiracy to redecorate their house at a cost purported to exceed $200,000 ... submitted to their insurance carrier staged photographs, perjurious statements, inflated invoices and false bills with the intent to misrepresent the condition . .. to induce State Farm to pay extensive sums far beyond any reasonable and necessary costs to correct normal wear and tear on the house,' the document said.
The cross-complaint also named State Farm because the insurance company 'simply paid the (Proffers') claim without question' and then filed the suit last month against the Arnolds to recover the claim amount.
The tabloid story, printed under the headline 'Roseanne Trashes Megabucks Mansion,' said, 'Roseanne Barr trashed a posh Beverly Hills mansion -- turning it into a pigsty and causing a whopping $100,000 damage to the rented $3.75 million home in just six months!'
According to an unidentified 'Hollywood insider' quoted in the tabloid, pizza boxes were strewn through the house, rugs were stained with food, the hardwood floors were marred by cigarette burns, windows were broken and, 'at one point while Roseanne was still in the house, it got so filthy it was overrun by rats.'
Attorney Delos Brown, who represents the Arnolds, declined to speculate Monday on what amount of damages he would seek in the cross- complaint, which alleges invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Brown said the Proffers' suit against the Arnolds is still pending.
In June, Roseanne and Tom Arnold settled a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against the tabloid over its publication of four love letters the Enquirer allegedly stole from the famous couple.