The Lifetime cable channel scored a court victory today on an emergency appeal, clearing the way for its television movie “Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story” to air as planned Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq.
The decision comes on the heels of an earlier ruling barring Lifetime from airing the movie, as we reported previously.
“The cable network was forced to make an emergency appeal after a New York judge on Tuesday issued an injunction. The ban on the ripped-from-the-headlines movie, which stars Matt Barr as convicted murderer Chris Porco, happened after Porco asserted in a lawsuit that it violated his rights to his name and image,” THR reports.
The report adds: “Lifetime quickly blasted the judge’s decision as an ‘unprecedented’ one that would cost millions of dollars, harm its brand and represent a disaster to free speech.”
The appellate division of the New York Supreme Court today issued a stay on the injunction. It also ordered Porco to show cause by April 10, indicating it will otherwise lift the injunction.
“Lifetime is using the moment in the legal sun to now promote its film as the ‘Lifetime Original Movie Chris Porco doesn’t want you to see,’" the story reports. “As the network describes the telefilm, ‘The two-hour film is inspired by the true story of a handsome young college student who became the prime suspect in the shocking murder of his father.’"