In a plot fit for a premium cable TV show, an actress who refused to do nude sex scenes for an HBO-owned production company is being sued. Yep, you read that right, though there’s a lot to the story of how Anne Greene became the target of the lawsuit.
The Hollywood Reporter has the full story, which begins in 2011, when Anne Lee Greene auditioned for a role in multiple episodes of a show called Femme Fatales, aired on Cinemax. Time Warner’s HBO division of production owns the pay cable channel, which contracted production company True Crime LLC to film the show.
In May 2011, Anne hired an agent and auditioned for multiple episodes of Femme Fatales’s second season. Although she was turned down for a role in the erotic show, which features a ton of sex, she eventually landed another as a lead in a later episode. Prior to her first audition, she received the show’s “sizzle reel,” which was chock full of simulated sex done by naked actors and actresses, and before her role was shot, she received a script.
In the script for her episode, “Jailbreak,” her character Kendra was originally written as receiving oral sex. When Anne expressed discomfort with that on the day before production, they rewrote the role to exclude that aspect, leaving in chest and back nudity. But on the second day of production, she refused to report to set because she didn’t want to be filmed topless.
True Crime allowed her to wear pasties and film the scene, but needed to use a body double, they say, because HBO has a “no pasties” policy. This took extra time, delayed production, and cost money not written into the original budget, the production company explains in their lawsuit, which also states that she broke clauses directly related to nudity.
The company is asking for at least $85,000 from the actress, in what is actually a countersuit to what Anne filed two years ago. Her original complaint claims that she was bullied into performing nude scenes, was sexually harassed on the job, and was placed in a dangerous work environment.
There’s more to the story, as you might be able to imagine, but you’ll have to read the play-by-play over at THR to decide whose side you’re on…
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter