Judge Bars Lifetime From Airing TV Movie THR
A judge has barred Lifetime from airing a television movie that was slated to air Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq.
The movie, "Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story," is based on the true story of Peter Porco, who was murdered, and the attempted murder of his wife, Joan Porco. Their son, Christopher Porco, was prosecuted and convicted for the crimes. Christopher Porco is alleging that the film violates his rights.
New York Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller issued an injunction that prevents the film from airing and prevents Lifetime from promoting the film, which stars Lolita Davidovich as the mother and Eric McCormack as the lead detective.
Lifetime is filing an emergency application to stay or vacate the ruling, which the article says "could reverberate throughout the entertainment industry."
The report adds: “Throughout the years, publicity rights [have] become a bigger and bigger issue in entertainment. The laws vary by state but generally protect an individual's likeness from being exploited. Increasingly, the boundaries between an individual's right to protect an image and First Amendment allowances on free expression aren't particularly clear, and some lawyers wonder if the confusion might chill speech.”
Lifetime says it risks losing more than $1 million if the decision stands.