Info on Jasmine Grimaldi
In an episode that had royal-watchers recalling the early life of the prince's paternal grandmother, Princess Charlotte of Monaco
, in 1992, a California woman, Tamara J. Rotolo
, filed a paternity suit against the prince, claiming that he was the father of her illegitimate daughter, whom she named Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
. However, the case, which went to trial in 1993
, eventually was dismissed by Superior Court Judge Graham Anderson Cribbs, who claimed that there was "insufficient contact between Albert and the state of California to justify hearing a suit there" (Evening Standard
, March 24
, page 20), agreeing with an assertion by the prince's lawyer, Stanley Arkin
, that the California court had no jurisdiction. In court papers, Prince Albert admitted that he had been with Tamara Rotolo in Monaco
on "a couple of occasions" in July 1991
. (The child had been born approximately nine months later, on March 4
.) As reported by a local newspaper covering the case, "Arkin asserted that the Riverside County court had no jurisdiction in the case since the romantic encounter supposedly occurred in Monaco and Albert has had no contacts with California that relate to the issues in the suit."
An earlier paternity suit, brought by Bea Fielder
, a German topless model whom the Daily Telegraph
described as a "sex-film star", reportedly also was dismissed. A blood test reportedly proved that the prince was not the father of Fielder's son.