Abigail Breslin claims Aaron Eckhart behaved so aggressively towards her on the set of the film.Classified“That she was afraid of being alone with him. The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed by TheWrap by the film’s production companies against the “Little Miss Sunshine” actress for breach of contract. The lawsuit claims that her “flimsy” allegations cost the film $80,000.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Superior County Superior Court in Los Angeles, states: “During production, the entire production came to a near halt when Breslin directed the production of Eckhart’s (allegedly) aggressive, demeaning and unprofessional behavior, which she ordered “insisted on putting her in danger at various times.”
The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs did not know whether Breslin confronted her co-star about the alleged behavior, but they were aware that she had written a letter to the Screen Actors Guild in which she “explained her fears and denounced Mr. Eckhart’s behavior.”
“In order for production to proceed, Breslin refused to be alone with Eckhart in several scenes and costly arrangements had to be made,” the filing continues.
A representative for Breslin told Rolling Stone, which originally reported on the lawsuit, that Breslin “is not aware of any lawsuit filed against her and has not been served with a legal notice.” Additionally, the representative stated, “Ms. Breslin categorically denies all allegations made and stands unequivocally by her statement, which she provided confidentially to SAG.”
The plaintiffs, Dream Team Studios and WM Holdings, allege that the film’s producer, Mr. Georgiev, prepared a report based on an investigation on set. That investigation reportedly found “no evidence to support Breslin’s wild, hysterical and imaginary accusations against Eckhart.”
The filing claims that the finished film faces “delivery issues” as it contains “few scenes” in which the two stars appear on screen together. The producers also claim that Breslin has since “demanded the payment of $35,000 as a condition” of signing their final agreement, which is a requirement for the film’s release and the producers’ ability to claim tax credits in Malta.
The complaint alleges that Breslin’s “refusal” to sign “completely jeopardized the financial well-being of the production, including the conclusion of distribution agreements and delivery in accordance with the terms of existing distribution agreements.”
The producers are seeking $80,000 in actual compensatory damages in addition to punitive damages.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
Rolling Stone first reported the news.