Actress Amber Heard has filed a lawsuit against the producers of the movie London Fields as a result of an alleged breach of contract relating to nude and sex scenes she did not authorize in the producer’s cut of the film. If you’re not familiar with the movie, that’s because it is yet to be released due to other litigation holding it up.
However, Amber Heard was not out looking for a legal battle. In November 2016, Ms. Heard, and the film’s director Matthew Cullen, were sued by the film’s producers for $ 10 million. The producers alleged Ms. Heard breached the contract by failing to finish some work on the film as well as failing to do promotional activities. Cullen was alleged to have changed the script in cahoots with Heard.
Breach of Nudity Agreement
In the lawsuit Ms. Heard has filed against the producers, she is alleging that the producers used her body double to create pornographic sex scenes, and film nudes scenes, intended to depict Heard. The scenes are alleged to have been filmed after Heard was no longer on set, and only using a skeleton crew. Heard only agreed to do the film after a rider was added to her agreement to address nudity and sex scenes. The rider’s terms allegedly provide that Heard was to have final authorization over any sex or nude scenes depicting her.
Although the film has not been released publicly, it has been viewed by critics and limited, private audiences. It was supposed to be released at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, however legal controversy prevented the film from being shown.
London Fields Forever … in Litigation
The initial controversy over the film involved the director Matthew Cullen filing a lawsuit for fraud. He alleged that the film’s producers used his name in promotional materials despite Cullen having never agreed to the final cut of the film. Cullen objected to what he considered “incendiary imagery” depicting 9/11 and Islam. After this lawsuit was filed, the producers filed cross complaints against Cullen and Heard. And now that Heard was brought into the fray, she has fired her own shots back.
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