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Firing at Fiorentino

Actress sued by German producer Art Oko

Linda Fiorentino was sued Tuesday by German producer Art Oko Film, which claims that the actress’ prima donna conduct led to the demise of the Georgia O’Keefe biopic “Till the End of Time.”

According to the complaint, filed in L.A. Superior Court, after several delays, the film, which was to star Ben Kingsley as Alfred Stieglitz and Fiorentino, was set to begin production on July 19, 2000. A September 13 stop date was set to accommodate Kingsley’s schedule. Fiorentino, however, demanded an additional week’s delay, and once on the set, she “held production of the picture hostage to her whims.”

The complaint alleges that Fiorentino, who was paid $600,000 for the role, refused to report for rehearsals, makeup and camera tests, even though she was aware of Kingsley’s schedule. Despite the insurance doctor’s finding that she was in good health, Fiorentino refused to appear for work, claiming illness. Despite her supposed illness, the complaint states, Fiorentino went to a party thrown by Christie Hefner in her honor.

After urgent attempts to recast Fiorentino’s role, the picture was shut down on August 8, 2000.

The complaint, which seeks over $5 million in damages, alleges breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and intentional interference with economic advantage. It also seeks punitive damages. Among its damages, Art Oko claims the compensation paid to Kingsley, wages to cast and crew and production expenses.

Art Oko is represented by Michael Bergman and Anjani Mandavia of Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Silverman & Holmes.

Fiorentino’s agent refused to comment.

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