Producers Sue Actress for Refusing to Do Nude Scene THR
In what The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq., calls a “bizarre tale,” an actress is facing legal claims of at least $85,000 for allegedly refusing to perform lovemaking scenes while nude.
The actress, Anne Greene, filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court two years ago against Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and production company True Crime LLC. She claimed “she was bullied into performing nude scenes, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment,” the story notes.
The report adds: “Now, two months before a scheduled trial, True Crime has filed an almost unbelievable cross-complaint alleging Greene breached the ‘Nudity Rider’ she signed. It was filed late last month by Reed Smith partner Harrison Dossick, whose previous clients include Angelina Jolie, Sony Pictures and The Weinstein Co.”
The piece asks, “So how, 94 years after women were given the right to vote, does a woman become allegedly contractually obligated to disrobe and simulate sex with a man?”
According to the legal documents, True Crime alleges that trouble arose when Greene was asked to simulate nude sex with a male actor for an episode of “Femme Fatales” for Cinemax, which is owned by Time Warner’s HBO unit.
The cross-complaint alleges she “arrived on set, reported to wardrobe on time, but then abruptly refused to report to the set, expressing for the first time, contrary to the express terms of the Employment Agreement and Nudity Rider, that she was not comfortable performing the scene topless or allowing herself to be filmed topless."
The actress allegedly said she would be fine if she didn’t have to expose her nipples, and so the production company claims it accommodated her by providing “pasties,” which the cross-complaint alleges would “not be compliant with HBO's policy prohibiting the use of 'Pasties' in sex scenes.”
"Nevertheless, the True Crime representative agreed to accommodate Greene's wishes in order to mitigate and minimize True Crime's losses,” the cross-complaint claims.
The production company is blaming the actress for “substantial delay and disruption,” as well as breaching the terms of the nudity rider, the story says.
“We've reached out to Greene's attorney for comment and will update if we hear anything," the report notes. "We've also reached out to HBO about whether there's any truth to the claim of a no-pasties policy. We haven't heard any response yet."