Hours before a scheduled screening at the Telluride Film Festival, soul singer Aretha Franklin filed for an emergency injunction against the festival to stop the screening of “Amazing Grace,” the Detroit Free Press reports.
The movie was set to screen at 7:30 p.m. local time, and an attorney for Franklin asked a federal court in Colorado to block the screening.
Franklin has been waging a battle against the movie for several years, the report notes, including reaching a settlement in 2011 with producer Alan Elliott that kept the movie out of theaters.
When word surfaced recently that “Amazing Grace” was headed to the festival circuit, Franklin renewed threats to take legal action to stop it.
Her complaint alleges that the release of footage in the film from 1972 is an invasion of privace and a violation of her image rights, the story reports. The complaint says in part: “Ms. Franklin has never given her consent or permission for this footage to be publicly released.”
Elliott indicated that since the 2011 settlement he has unearthed documentation from 1972, such as Franklin’s contract with Warner Bros., that opens the door for the release of the footage, the story reports.
Franklin released a live album in 1972 titled “Amazing Grace.”