Actress Teri Hatcher has filed a libel lawsuit against a British tabloid newspaper after it claimed she had sex with men in a van outside her Los Angeles home.

The 40-year-old has instructed her London legal team to begin proceedings against the Daily Sport over an article which "falsely alleged that she engages in sex romps on a regular basis with a series of men in a VW van parked outside her LA home for this purpose".

Law firm Schillings claim Hatcher "bitterly refutes these offensive allegations" which "were repeated extensively elsewhere in many countries".

The case is expected to be heard by London's High Court next year (06).