London, Oct 18 : Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton has rubbished claims that he had a fling with Tea Leoni.
The 'U turn' actor even denied that he sent text messages to his 'Manure' co-actor Leoni, reports the Sun.
Tea recently told 'More' magazine that Billy Bob is "maybe my new favourite person in the world".
But Thornton's publicist has said the admiration is "purely professional".
The rumour emerged after Tea announced that she is splitting from husband of 11 years, David Duchovny.