Drew Peterson Wants Lifetime Movie Stopped
July 15, 2011 by staff
Drew Peterson Wants Lifetime Movie Stopped, Drew Peterson, a former policeman accused of killing his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his room, he joked that he would prefer to see Denzel Washington who plays Rob Lowe when he learned that it would be a TV movie about him. Now, however, wants to pull the plug on the project.
Walter Maksym, Peterson’s lawyer, sent letters Wednesday to entertainment services for life, Lowe and others involved in the demanding film to stop production because they have no legal right to use Peterson’s name, image or history without Peterson’s approval.
“There is a right to the rules of advertising in all the states have the right to use your name, person, image, and the history of commercial life and no one else can use that unless they obtain written permission “said Walter Maksym, who said he sent 18 letters. Peterson said he was never asked permission.
Peterson, who was an officer in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, is charged with murder in the bathtub drowning 2004 of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. It is also a suspect but has not been charged in 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, who is presumed dead by the researchers.
Peterson has been in jail since his arrest in May 2009. He maintains his innocence, in the death of his third wife and the disappearance of his fourth wife.
Maksym also claims in his letter that the movie defamed Peterson, who has been convicted, because it is based on a book that is “nothing more than a set of deliberate and calculated untruths that are defamatory to suggest … falsely and intentionally my client is a murderer despicable woman. ”
A spokesman for Lifetime Entertainment, Les Eisner declined to comment on the letter.
But Joe Hosey, who wrote “Fatal Vows: The women of Sergeant Drew Peterson tragedy,” defended the book as accurate as saying that neither Peterson nor his lawyers have identified the errors. In fact, he said, the witness confirmed his information during a court hearing in relation to long-murder charges in the case of Savio.
“The testimony of several witnesses was printed verbatim in my book long before the hearing took place,” Hosey said. “Under oath, gave the same account I had when I thoroughly researched my book.”
A judge ultimately ruled that much of that hearsay evidence could not be used at trial – a decision that is now before an appeals court – but Hosey said no one has proven that the witnesses lied, what I said what he said the cut.
Kelli Sager, a prominent Los Angeles lawyer media is not involved in the dispute, said it is unlikely Peterson demand would hold up in court.
“The law is well established in this – the First Amendment allows authors to filmmakers, television producers, and the like to publish unauthorized biographies, and the” right of publicity “is to the Constitution,” he wrote in an email Thursday.
Dave Heller, an attorney with the Center for Media Law Resources in New York, also not connected to the dispute, said Maksym statute based his argument is designed to prevent unauthorized commercial use of the image of a person and does not apply here.
“Right of publicity claims are defined with the intention of stopping the use of celebrities or other people’s names in commercial advertising, and movies such as news, is not generally considered commercial advertising,” he said, adding that unauthorized movies and books are produced around the time people without their permission.
Heller said that Peterson could have a lawsuit if they can prove the film “away from the known facts and defamatory.” However, he said, “They have a right to an accurate portrayal of real life events.”
The film has received a fair amount of publicity in recent weeks, including a history of People magazine, which includes a photograph of Lowe, made to look like Peterson, who explained how the actor “is a transformation of nine hours each days “to make it look like Peterson.
The first time I talked about the film, Peterson, through his lawyers, he joked about playing Lowe. At the same time, one of his lawyers, Joel Brodsky, said he expected lifetime, which is making the movie, not be based on Hosey’s book, which he characterized as biased and inaccurate.
Maksym and said why Peterson did not want to file a complaint about the book was because he would not be compelled to testify in a civil case before his criminal trial “because the state uses what he said” when I finally got trial.
“We will do later,” he said.
Maksym said that even if you cannot stop production of the film, which he said is already being filmed, he is confident that if those involved in the production of ignoring the letter and eventually files a lawsuit that could prevent the film is in the air. He said he does not receive a response to your letter at the end of next week he will file a lawsuit before the end of the month.
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