Melbourne, June 16 : Actor/comedian Denis Leary's wife has denied reports that the 'maneater' in her new book is based on actress Liz Hurley.
Leary and Hurley have been good friends for years and the actor is even godfather to her son Damian.
However, that didn't stop rumours from circulating that they were having an affair after she broke up with Steven Bing, her son's biological father.
Though they denied the affair at the time, Ann Leary's reference to a glamorous model in her new book 'Out-Takes From A Marriage' has tongues wagging once again.
In her new novel, Ann talks about a glamorous actress who wears skimpy see-through dresses to parties, dates only billionaires and flirts outrageously with her co-star.
Hurley, who's married to Indian businessman Arun Nayar, made headlines for wearing a revealing Versace safety-pin dress to the premiere of Four Weddings And A Funeral.
However, Ann insists any similarity between her novel's character and her "good friend Elizabeth" is coincidental, reports News.com.au
But she has admitted using her experiences as the wife of a celebrity in her novel. Leary has even accompanied her to book signings.
In the story, Julia Ferraro accidentally finds a suggestive voicemail message from a woman left for her husband Joe, a TV actor. Julia stalks Joe to discover who the woman is.
Leary, 50, is one of Ms Hurley's closest friends. He helped her get roles in two films they starred in together, Bad Boy and Double Whammy.