A production company can move forward with its countersuit against an actress who alleges she was pressured to do semi-nude scenes while working on an episode of the Cinemax series “Femme Fatales,” a judge ruled Monday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper said the complaint by True Crime LLC was not brought in retaliation against Anne Greene for her decision to filed a lawsuit against the company, as alleged by the plaintiff’s attorneys.
The True Crime complaint alleges breach of contract and seeks at least $85,000 to compensate the company for delayed production costs and the expenses of hiring a “body double.”
Scheper said the countersuit was filed, because Greene allegedly broke her commitments to the production company and not as punishment for her underlying case.
“(True Crime) has provided ample evidence that it will prevail, namely that (Greene) auditioned three times … and prior to each audition she received a preview video and copies of the script reflecting that the show was adult-targeted and that the principal cast members would appear partially nude and appear in simulated sex acts,” Scheper wrote.
“We’re happy with the ruling,” True Crime attorney Harrison Dossick said.
The countersuit alleges True Crime was surprised by Greene’s objections to the scenes.
“Had Greene expressed such concerns prior to the start of production, True Crime either would have cast another actress or would have worked out an accommodation in order to avoid delaying the production schedule and/or hiring a body double,” according to the countersuit,
Greene started the litigation by suing True Crime and Time Warner Media Inc. in December 2012. She alleges she was not told when she auditioned or when she was hired under an AFTRA contract that she would be required to be nude and simulate sex scenes.
On the first day of shooting in December 2011, the actress was “blindsided with rewrite after rewrite,” which required her character to simulate sex and appear nude except for “pasties on her nipples and a sticker on her private parts,” the suit says.
The plaintiff says she “made it clear prior to booking, as well as during the initial phases of production, that she was not willing or comfortable to engage in scenes requiring explicit nudity and/or scenes which required graphic sexual intercourse.”
When Greene complained, the producers told her that if she refused, they could sue for $100,000; so she agreed to do the scenes, according to her suit.
But court papers filed by the production company’s attorneys said Greene and her agent were notified in writing that her character, Kendra, in an episode entitled “Jailbreak,” required “chest and behind” nudity and a simulated sex scene.
“At no time did True Crime … attempt to convince, persuade or coerce Greene to perform any scenes against her will…,” the countersuit states.
On the second day of production, when the simulated sex scene with the actor was scheduled, Greene expressed for the first time that she objected to “allowing herself to be filmed topless,” according to the countersuit.
“Femme Fatales” began production in May 2011 and is billed as a series about “powerful, sexy and dangerous women.”
— City News Service