As reported last week, the producers of the film are suing former director , ostensibly for leaving them high and dry without a director on the first day of filming. However, the allegations filed revealed something even worse, claiming that Ramsay
was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive…[she also] failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions.
It also claims that Ramsay failed in her writing and directorial duties after already being paid $140,000, and that Ramsay instructed her people at WME to not pay back the roughly $360,000 being held in escrow to the producers of the film. In total, the producers are seeking over $500,000 in various damages.
However, Ramsay's reps have finally fired back, claiming the director has yet to see the suit or be served with papers, and the obligatory assertion that the charges were false. Here's the full, albeit brief, statement:
Lynne Ramsay has not been served with this lawsuit and, when she is, she will respond in court and not in the media. That said, the allegations as recently reported are simply false. Lynne looks forward to presenting the truth about this situation in the proper forum.
Basically, expect this to get a lot more ugly before it gets better. You have to feel for the actors and crew whose lives are being put on hold because of this.