Amber Heard Sued Over 'London Fields' for Sexploitation

Posted 2017/04/02 3095 0

Amber Heard is suing producer for using a body double to pretend she’d filmed “explicit pornographic sex scene”.


London Fields is getting messy. The latest legal battle over the crime flick is a tug-of-war between star Amber Heard and producer Christopher Hanley.

In 2016, Hanley filed suit against Heard for “alleged breach of contract and tortious interference, acknowledging a dispute between them over nude scenes.” This week, Heard’s team shot back with a counter-claim against Christopher Hanley and Roberta Hanley, the screenwriter, that the “lascivious and sexploitive couple” recorded explicit nude scenes with Heard’s body double after the actress had finished filming. She claimed Hanley did this to deliberately mislead audiences into believing she had filmed the scene. The scene involves a female police officer, a female detainee, the hood of a car and a police baton.

"This case shines a spotlight on the dark underbelly of Hollywood," her lawyers told a judge on Thursday. "Amber Heard is the latest victim of this lascivious and sexploitive couple."

Heard's legal team also allege that she has specifically signed a nudity rider, which states that she “shall have the right to view the nude and sex scenes and approve such scenes, which contain straight-on nipple or below-the-waist frontal nudity once the final cut of the picture has been completed and prior to any public viewing of the picture.” In other words, that she has final say over any nude/sex scenes edited into the finished film.

The noirish dark thriller, based on Martin Amis’ 1989 novel, focuses on Nicola Six (Heard), a clairvoyant femme fatale who has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men, one of whom she knows will be her murderer. Heard, 30, starred in the film alongside Jim Sturgess and Billy Bob Thornton. Her ex-husband Johnny Depp makes a cameo, as does British model Cara Delevingne.

As Heard said in her powerful sexual assault PSA, “violence against women... is also about how to deal with it and talk about it in the media”.