Amber Heard has filed a counter-complaint against the “London Fields” production company Nicola Six Limited, in which she positions herself as a victim of sexploitation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Heard is claiming that producer Christopher Hanley and his wife Roberta are in “breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,” and guilty of “tortious interference, misappropriation of the right of publicity, invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts, fraud and deceit.”
Hanley first sued Heard for allegedly failing to abide by her contractual obligations and refusing to attend the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Papers filed by Heard on Thursday claim that the case “shines a spotlight on the dark underbelly of Hollywood.”
“Amber Heard is the latest victim of this lascivious and sexploitive couple,” the cross-complaint read. “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.”
Heard reportedly first agreed to terms with director Matthew Cullen, but after being fired, Hanley altered the film, creating a “Producer’s cut” that included unauthorized sexual scenes. “The Hanleys also caused to be filmed secretly several additional nude and sex scenes with a body double for Heard and included them in the ‘Producer’s Cut’ — also in violation of the Nudity Rider,” Heard’s attorney continues. “The secret filming of this body double footage was not on the schedule that had been provided to Heard and was shot with a skeleton crew only after Heard had completed filming and had left the set. The body double footage included an explicit pornographic sex scene that Heard would never have agreed to do herself… The body double footage was designed and intended to leave anyone who saw the images with the distinct impression that it was Heard.”
Nicola Six’s original complaint disputes that Heard falsely claimed they were unable to use specific nude scenes in the drama.
Finally, Heard is accusing Six of misusing “continuity photos” of the actress beyond the requirements of the film. “Such photos can include various states of undress during wardrobe changes,” the cross-complaint added. “There is no legitimate business purpose for Hanley to have such photographs after filming was concluded, and the Hanleys had and have no rights to use such photographs for any proper purpose after filming ended. The Hanleys’ prurient interest in exploiting Heard — both on and off camera — speaks volumes about their values.”
Heard is seeking “compensatory and punitive damages plus a permanent injunction” in order to prohibit the release of the film’s “producer’s cut.”
The plaintiff’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, has since issued a response to Heard’s cross-complaint, stating that it is an attempt on the actress’ behalf to cover up “misconduct” associated with her high-profile divorce from Johnny Depp. “The Cross-Complaint is a work of fiction, worthy of Ms. Heard’s London Fields character ‘Nicola Six,’ and it marks the latest in a series of fantastical allegations she has made, including in connection with her high-profile divorce… It is nothing more than a meritless smear tactic designed to distract from her own misconduct.”