Koo Stark, a New York-born actress who had a much-publicized relationship in 1982 with Prince Andrew, sued for libel damages from a weekly newspaper that said she secretly dated the prince after her marriage.

Stark said Tuesday the December 1985 report in Sunday People was untrue and spoiled her hopes of reconciliation with her husband, Timothy Jefferies, who had left her the previous month after 16 months of marriage.Sunday People owner Robert Maxwell has denied her allegations.

Stark, 32, made a new career as a stage actress and as a photographer after her friendship with Prince Andrew, second son of Queen Elizabeth II, cooled early in 1984. The prince married Sarah Ferguson in July 1986.