After settling her divorce with Johnny Depp, Amber Heard may find herself face-to-face with a judge once again.
The latest report alleged that the 30-year-old actress is being slapped with a $10 million lawsuit for “conspiring” with director Matthew Cullen to cut out sex scenes in her new movie, London Fields.
Producers Christopher Hanley and Jordan Gertner filed the case before the Los Angeles Superior Court. Their 24-page complaint claimed that Heard was bent on sabotaging the movie as she reportedly campaigned to have it canceled at the Toronto Film Festival.
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The issue seems to center on the fact that Heard objected to versions of the film that showed nudity and sex scenes, which were stipulated in her contract.
“Heard understood the nature of the role … and the tenor of the screenplay, which was salacious, provocative, and contained nude scenes,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was lodged against the actress for “failing to render acting services in conformance with the shooting script” and also for “conspiring with Cullen to make unauthorized, material changes to the shooting script.”
The synopsis for London Fields read, “Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer.”
The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Theo James, Jim Sturgess, Cara Delevingne, Jason Isaacs, Jamie Alexander, Lily Cole, and Henry Garrett, as well as a cameo from Heard’s former husband, Johnny Depp.
The fate of London Fields is very much up in the air right now. Cullen has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the producers for alleged fraud as he accused them of tampering with the final output of the movie.
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Apparently, the producers “interjected” some scenes into the final product that were not in the script. Among the scenes that Cullen pointed out include “incendiary imagery evoking 9/11 jumpers edited against pornography, as well as juxtaposing the holiest city in Islam against mind-control.”
In response, the producers filed a countersuit against the director as they insisted that Cullen breached his contract. They claimed that the director failed to deliver on time and spent $12.5 million, which is far beyond the agreed upon $8 million budget.
As a result, the producers took away the film from Cullen and edited the movie themselves. They then accused Heard of conspiring with the director to sabotage the film. One incident the producers cited was their failure to show up during the Toronto Film Festival to promote the movie.
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The complaint read, “While the inherent tension between actors and directors (on the one hand) and producers (on the other) is nothing new in Hollywood, the unauthorized and unlawful acts of Heard, Cullen, and others — most notably, their campaign to damage Plaintiff, the Picture, and the Picture’s investors — are perhaps unprecedented.”
“Indeed, as a result of their misconduct, which continues to this day, the very promising Picture remains in limbo, hijacked and placed under a cloud by Heard, Cullen, and others,” the complaint added.
The suit against Heard added that the actress tried to “intimidate” the production studio by insisting that she didn’t contractually agree “to allow the use of nudity in the Picture.” The actress also told the producers that she did not grant them “the right to the results and proceeds of her acting services.”
And because the actress refused to do some of the scenes, in alleged breach of her contract, “key scenes in the script had to be removed and/or rewritten to accommodate Heard’s behavior.”
Heard has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
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