Sexual assault allegations against producer Jon Peters have resurfaced following the success of “A Star is Born”.
Warner Bros. insists Peters must be considered a producer on the project, but that holds no weight as far as the Producers Guild of America is concerned.
“Jon Peters’ attachment to this property goes as far back as 1976,” Warner Bros. said in a statement, according to Variety. “Legally, we had to honour the contractual obligation in order to make this film.”
A spokesperson for PGA determined Peters is not a certified producer on “A Star is Born” and will not be eligible for PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award top feature film award. The Motion Picture Academy is responsible for deciding which producer accept certain awards at the Oscars, but PGA’s stance serves as a strong recommendation.
Peters was accused of at least five counts of sexual assault between 1996 and 2008.
“A Star is Born” stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and will premiere theatrically on Oct. 5 following strong performances at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.