Aug. 18, 2009 -- Dr. McSteamy's life just got a little steamier.
A tape starring "Grey's Anatomy" hot doc Eric Dane, his actress-wife Rebecca Gayheart and former Miss U.S. Teen Kari Ann Peniche appeared on Gawker.com Monday afternoon. While no one is seen performing sexual acts, the three are seen nude in the video.
"This is an unfortunate incident where someone stole some property, personal property, among three very good friends," Peniche's manager, David Weintraub, told ABCNews.com today. "They were very good friends when the tape was filmed a few years ago. I don't know if they're good friends now."
An LAPD representative told ABCNews.com that police are looking into the release of the tape.
In the video clip, edited down from its original 12-minute length, Peniche, Dane and Gayheart prance naked around Peniche's Los Angeles apartment, lounge in a hottub and discuss their potential porn names -- a pop culture phenomenon in which people create a moniker out of the names of a childhood pet and the street they grew up on.
"My alter-ego name is Peter," Dane says. "My dog growing up was called Cocaine, and I lived on Manor Drive, so I'm Cocaine Manor."
Through it all, Dane, Peniche and Gayheart appear to be intoxicated. Midway through the clip, Gayheart says she has to lie down because she's "so high."
Marty Singer, who represents Dane and Gayheart, issued a statement to People.com Monday, saying, "This is simply a private, consensual moment involving a married couple, shot several years ago, which was never intended to be seen by the public."
Singer added, "Although the participants are nude, the tape is not a 'sex tape.' It is a private tape made for only my clients' personal use, and nobody has the right to exploit it. If anyone exploits the tape, they will be violating my clients' rights and will be exposed to significant liability."
Singer did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's requests for comment.
Whatever its title, the video raises questions about all three parties and how they ended up in this situation. Below, a look at the major players in Hollywood's latest "naked" tape scandal:
Dane, 36, is best known for playing Dr. Mark Sloan, dubbed Dr. McSteamy for his bad boy good looks, on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." Prior to scoring that breakout role, he acted in small parts on series including "Saved by the Bell" "Roseanne," and "Married With Children." In real life, Dane married Gayheart in 2004 and, in February, he told Ellen DeGeneres that the two were working on having children.
The "naked" tape marks Gayheart's most high-profile part in years. The 38-year-old actress broke onto the screen hawking Noxema skin care in the early 1990s. She had a recurring role as Antonia Marchette in "Beverly Hills, 90210" after that, along with parts in a handful of movies. Recently, Gayheart appeared in an episode of "Ugly Betty." She now stars in the Broadway comedy "Boeing-Boeing."
Although she hasn't had many major roles, Gayheart has been involved in some headline-making scandals. In 2001, Gayheart struck and fatally injured a 9-year-old boy while driving in Los Angeles. Gayheart was charged with vehicular manslaughter, to which she pleaded no contest. She was sentenced to three years' probation, a one-year suspension of her license, a $2,800 fine and 750 hours of community service. The victim's family also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Gayheart, which was settled out of court. Its terms were not disclosed.
Kari Ann Peniche
Peniche, 25, won the title of Miss United States Teen in 2002, but her place in the pageant world didn't last for long. In 2004, the Oregon native was stripped of her title for posing nude in Playboy magazine. She went on to appear in a handful of cable shows and a Pauly Shore movie. In 2006, Peniche got engaged to then 18-year-old singer Aaron Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Their engagement ended five days later.
Peniche opened up about her past to Steppin' Out magazine in 2008, revealing that she was raped as a teenage model and beauty queen, and physically abused by an ex-boyfriend.
Earlier this year, Peniche signed on to participate in VH1's "Celebrity Rehab: Sex Addiction" with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Like her run in the pageant circuit, her reality-TV stint also didn't last. In April, RadarOnline reported that Peniche was kicked off the show for verbally abusing the show's cast and crew.