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Tennessee judge seals Eddy Arnold paternity suit records

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – A Tennessee judge sealed records in a paternity suit filed last year against the late country singer Eddy Arnold, according to the Tennessean.

Davidson County Probate Judge Randy Kennedy ordered all new filings private starting on Monday. Christopher Tanner, a California man, filed suit last June, a month after Arnold died, claiming that Arnold is his biological father.

But the singer's family denied the claim. An Arnold estate attorney asked the judge to seal the file to limit damage to Arnold's reputation. Arnold's family has said that he denied fathering the child, now 48, and an attorney representing the estate asked the judge to seal the file to limit the damage to Arnold's reputation posthumously. "Mr. Arnold's reputation is stellar, and he has been loved by this community," said Arnold estate attorney Marlene Eskind Moses. "Famous people are often besieged with paternity claims, so this is an example of that."

Tanner's mother, Arlene Tanner-Glynn, claimed she had a romantic relationship with Arnold for 2 or 3 years in the 1950s and 1960s. She said she attempted to have contact between him and her son, but Arnold refused.

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