Evan Rachel Wood: $30m claim against actor is "bullying tactic"

Breach-of-contract action against star for allegedly refusing to continue on shoot of 10 Things I Hate About Life is preposterous, say her representatives

Evan Rachel Wood's representatives have claimed that a $30m breach-of-contract action filed against her for allegedly walking out on a movie is a "bullying tactic from financially troubled producers".

According to the gossip site TMZ, Wood is being targeted by the producers of 10 Things I Hate About Life, a romantic drama about a young man and woman who find new reasons to live after considering suicide. The film is by the same production team as 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You, but is not a sequel.

The producers filed a suit at Los Angeles superior court on Thursday, claiming that Wood refused to return to work last November after a period in which production was shut down. They claim they were entitled to halt the shoot in July 2013, but that Wood had no right to walk away from a lead role in the film.

The production company, 10 Things Films LLC, says it begged the US actor to return to the shoot and even offered to increase her $300,000 (£180,000) fee. Even so, Wood refused, the producers allege.

The $30m claimed is exclusive of any potential damages and legal fees.

A representative for Wood, star of Thirteen and The Ides of March, told TMZ that the producers had acted unfairly. "The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers," the representative said in a statement. "The production shut down in February 2013, when the producers ran out of money.

"Even after that, Evan agreed to resume production in November 2013, by which time the producers said they would have cleared up their issues. However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed.

"Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract."


Ben Child

The GuardianTramp

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