LOS ANGELES – The former maid of Marlon Brando claims the screen legend sired her three kids during a 13-year love affair, promised to support her forever — and then abruptly cut off the cash.
Maria Christina Ruiz yesterday filed a $100 million lawsuit against Brando in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming breach of contract.
Ruiz, 43, said she began her long liaison with the reclusive Oscar winner in February 1988, as she worked as one of his domestic servants. At the time, she was 29 and he was 63.
The pair began living as man and wife at his home and a house he provided for her in Los Angeles, although they never married. Over the next six years, she had three children by the star of The Godfather, according to court papers.
The oldest, Ninna Priscilla Brando, was born in 1989 and is now 13. The other two kids are 10 and 8. The lawsuit did not disclose their sex.
Ruiz claims their affair continued until last year, when, in December, Brando stopped "all support and maintenance" to her, although he has kept paying child support.
Brando, 78, had no comment last night, said his agent.
The actor has been wed three times and had a string of affairs in his heyday as a Hollywood bad boy in the '50s and '60s.
In 1990, his troubled son, Christian, killed Dag Drollet, the lover of Marlon's daughter Cheyenne, and went to prison.
Five years later, a despondent Cheyenne committed suicide by hanging herself, sending Marlon into a deep depression, during which he ballooned to nearly 400 pounds.
Brando's kids by Ruiz are his ninth, 10th and 11th.