The legal battle over the troubled and still unreleased feature film “London Fields” heated up this week when actress Amber Heard, who is already fighting a $10 million claim against her over the movie, filed what The Hollywood Reporter calls an “explosive counter-complaint.”
“The film based on Martin Amis’ celebrated novel never got a release after director Mathew Cullen and the film’s actors staged a publicity boycott at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, but the film has prompted several lawsuits including a new explosive counter-complaint from actress Amber Heard,” THR reports.
The New York Post’s Page Six notes: “Heard is being sued for an alleged conspiracy to sabotage her own movie … by refusing to act in ‘provocative’ scenes in the film that ‘had to be removed and/or rewritten to accommodate Heard’s behavior.’ The suit filed last year also alleges that she refused to attend the film’s premiere.”
Heard reportedly appeared in court Thursday, telling a judge: “This case shines a spotlight on the dark underbelly of Hollywood.” Her cross-complaint is aimed at producer Christopher Hanley, who is behind the production company Nicola Six Limited, and his wife, Roberta.
In the complaint, an attorney for Heard argues: “Amber Heard is the latest victim of this lascivious and sexploitive couple. A rising film star, Heard agreed to play the lead in the motion picture entitled ‘London Fields’ based on Martin Amis’s novel. After reading the script, she insisted on specific restrictions about nudity and sex scenes in the film as a condition to agreeing to appear in the Movie. Hanley … expressly agreed to Heard’s terms, and they were memorialized in the Nudity Rider to her contract.”
According to The Post, Heard “alleges production company Nicola Six Limited violated the rider by secretly filming ‘pornographic’ scenes with a body double to look like Heard.”
Hanley filed a $10 million claim against Heard last November “for allegedly disregarding contractual obligations by failing to render acting services in conformity with the shooting script and later by refusing to attend the Toronto premiere,” THR reports.