Netflix went ahead and released a movie even though it’s the focus of a lawsuit seeking to block its streaming premiere. The AP reports that the movie, “The Laundromat,” starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep, premiered Friday on Netflix after a limited run in theaters.
Directed by Steven Sodergergh, the movie is based on the so-called Panama Papers.
“Two Panamanian lawyers, Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, sued Netflix in federal court in Connecticut this week, saying the movie defamed them and could prejudice criminal cases against them,” the AP reports. “Netflix called the suit a ‘frivolous legal stunt’ aimed at censoring free speech.”
The report adds: “The Panama Papers were more than 11 million documents leaked from the two lawyers’ firm that shed light on how the rich hide their money.”
A judge reportedly ruled Thursday that the case should not have been filed in Connecticut and sent it to the Los Angeles-area federal court district.