July 29th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

'New Day' Exclusive – Actor Jason Patric Discusses Complicated Custody Battle

Actor Jason Patric is notoriously press shy, but the 47-year-old is in a difficult custody battle with a former girlfriend. He wants to help raise the child he fathered by in-vitro fertilization. But, the baby's mother wants him out of the picture.

Calling a father just a sperm donor is an insult, but it may also be the legal fate of certain unmarried dads, and Patric says he is one of them.

Patric, known for roles in "The Lost Boys" and "Speed 2" is now in a heated dispute with his ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber over their son 3-year-old Gus. (Watch above video)

Chris Cuomo interviews Actor Jason Patric

Chris Cuomo interviews Actor Jason Patric

He says they tried for years to have a child and Gus was eventually born through in-vitro fertilization using Patric's sperm.

Despite scores of photos and home videos showing them as a happy family, Schreiber now says she never intended Patric to be more than a sperm donor.

As proof, Schrieber has a letter Patric wrote saying he wasn't ready to be a father, and she says he asked to be left off the birth certificate.

For his part, Patric points to a stack of documents listing him as father and showing financial support… and those photos – all of which, he says, show that he is Gus' dad.

But, under current California state law, a man whose sperm is used by a fertility clinic, must have a signed agreement in writing clearly stating plans to co-parent, otherwise, he does not have parental rights.

California State Senator Jerry Hill who wrote the original law- is now leading the charge to amend it to allow for a donor who says he intended to be a father, but had no signed agreement – the opportunity to gain parental rights…

Patric says there will be others like him, but his immediate concern is for little Gus, whom he says needs his father.

In a "New Day" exclusive, Patric opens up to Anchor Chris Cuomo in an emotional interview.

"I never had a child before, it's a first child and I think that like any who has had a first child, you get very overprotective..." he says. Watch:

They go on to discuss the law that protects women from sperm donors so that they don't try and get involved in a life they waived their rights to. This law however, can catch up unmarried men who don't have a contract for being a parent. Watch:

"What is it like not having him in your life?" asks Cuomo.

"It's unthinkable," Patric replies.


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  1. Bethanne Schiffer

    Did Jason sign way thing stating he was a willing
    "Sperm donor". Has anyone interviewed the fertility Doctor asking about their behavior when together in the office where procedure was performed. Was labor induced while Jason was out of town working? She proved she in fact was a liar with the play book "Dada" videotape. He should be grateful Ted a restraint order concerning his x – girlfriend.
    We're phc. Eva L's asked for.by that judge?
    did he or she live together for five years (common law)
    Was he asked to provide for his son financially.
    Start a petition. I know I would sign.
    Who is child's advocate and or Guardian at laden?
    Is child safe after waiting videotapes proving instability, shaking hand, irrational behavior. We're both phone records offered, emails? If facts presented true Patrick could sue for Def of character. Abuse. Emotional duress and distress. Loss of wages. Cost of litigation ( ongoing) in court she will have already purge red herself from the interview less the ten minute I heard.
    heard . "Don't give up!" Is the correct attitude Patrick.
    Your son will ever be a Lost boy' your son will know the North Star. New laws can be made. I have seen it.
    Schiffer LinkedIn

    December 27, 2013 at 6:25 am | Reply
  2. Mastromia

    Shame on the judge who made this decision! Look (and listen!) to the home videos. Look at the photos. Look at the signed documents. Jason Patric has clearly been co-parenting his son from Day One. A clearer writing of the law is definitely wanted, but for God's sake, let the kid have his Dad! Thoughts and prayers with Jason and son.

    August 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  3. Bayousara

    I think this guy is just trying to change the agreement he and girlfriend made. Please just leave her alone and go find someone else to have a baby with!

    July 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • Office Drone

      I hope you are not a woman, because I find that kind of thinking extremely dangerous and all too common with women. As a woman myself, I can't stand mothers who think that way. A child deserves and needs both parents. Boys need their fathers. He will grow up resenting one of the parents, depending on the lies he's been told and ultimately, Gus loses out on this. I can't stand selfish parents who are more focused on winning rather than doing what is right for the child.

      February 17, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply

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