This article was corrected on September 3, 1993. Thursday’s story on Michael Levy leaving Silver Pictures omitted original allegations from reference to the sexual harassment suit filed against him et al.
The California Court of Appeals will decide on Nov. 10 whether allegations of sexual harassment and violation of the Fair Employment & Housing Act merit a court date.
Michael Jacobs will exec produce the premiere episode of Fox Broadcasting Co.’s “The Sinbad Show” but won’t remain with the series on a regular basis, as Wednesday’s story indicated. Jacobs was brought in to help redo the pilot, which is also exec produced by Larry Strawther and Gary Murphy.
Michael Levy ankled his prexy post at Warner Bros.-based Silver Pictures on Monday, sources said.
The resignation was described by insiders as quite abrupt.
WB reps and Silver Pictures topper Joel Silver were unavailable for comment. Levy could not be reached.
According to insiders, Levy, 34, has been under mounting pressure during the last year, and wasreportedly beginning to show the strain in recent months. It is presently not known if Levy’s vacant prexy post will be filled.
The circumstances surroundingLevy’s departure are unclear, though it is understood that Levy may have needed time off for personal reasons.
Specifically, observers note, a sexual harassment case brought against Levy himself, Silver Pictures, Joel Silver and the studio by screenwriter Wayne Mogilefsky on April 9 last year has refused to go away, greatly distracting Levy from his various executive tasks.
According to the original complaint filed in March 1992 with the Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing, Mogilefsky, who then worked at Silver Pictures as a creative exec, alleged that Levy harassed him in Levy’s hotel suite with repeated verbal advances (Daily Variety, March 9, 1992).
Though the suit was initially dismissed by the Los Angeles Superior Court, Mogilefsky’s attorney, Jim De Simone of Venice-based firm Schonbrun & De Simone, says the California Court of Appeal is considering whether to reopen the case.
On Nov. 10, a panel of three judges will decide whether the allegations of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and constructive discharge in violation of public policy should be heard again.
Levy, who started his career as an intern for Variety, ascended rapidly through the Hollywood ranks, eventually landing a senior production VP slot at 20th Century Fox in 1986. He left that post in 1989 to join Silver Pictures.