Abigail Breslin claimed that “Classified” co-star Aaron Eckhart’s aggressive behavior toward her while filming the new thriller caused her to refuse to be alone with him, a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court revealed. It was acquired by Rolling Stone.
Breslin detailed Eckhart’s behavior to the Screen Actors Guild in a private letter, but her allegations became public Thursday when the film’s production companies sued her for breach of contract — claiming her “deceptive” accusations cost them $80,000.
“Virtually the entire production was halted when Breslin advised the production of Eckhart’s (allegedly) aggressive, insulting, and unprofessional behavior, which she insisted put her in danger at various times,” the lawsuit claimed.
“For production to proceed…Breslin refused to be alone in several scenes with Eckhart, and costly settlements had to be made,” plaintiffs Dream Team Studios and WM Holdings stated in the filing.
Eckhart’s publicist did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Prosecutors also noted that they were still unsure whether Breslin confronted Eckhart directly, but they were aware of the letter in which she was “expressing her concerns and attacking Mr. Eckhart’s behavior.” A producer allegedly investigated her claims at the time.
Identified in the file only as “Mr. Georgiev,” his “detailed” investigation concluded that “there is no evidence to support Breslin’s wild, hysterical and fanciful allegations against Eckhart.” The film, after completion, is now facing issues regarding its release.
The plaintiffs claimed in their lawsuit that Breslin is demanding $35,000 as a “condition” for signing her final agreement, which production companies required her to sign to release the film — and to claim tax breaks in Malta, where it was filmed.
The producers are therefore seeking $80,000 in damages from Breslin.
A representative for Breslin did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment, but told Rolling Stone that she is “not aware of any lawsuit filed against her” and “unequivocally stands by her statement” made to the Screen Actors Guild.
“She was mad at me, and I was mad at her, but that’s how movies are made.” He said H! In 2010. “For one day, aren’t we allowed? Even for half a day?… It’s quite surprising… when people are surprised that filmmaking can sometimes be tense and uncomfortable.
Eckhart plays the title role in “Classify“As a CIA hitman his orders are secretly relayed through the titular newspaper department. Things take a turn when his estranged daughter (Breslin) reveals that his boss has been dead for years and has been killing the wrong people.
The release date of the film has not been announced yet.
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