Friday, May 27, 2022

Lawsuit Accuses Terrence Howard of Extorting Film Producers

Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

*Terrence Howard’s former film partners claim he sabotaged the release of a film that was set to raise money for Cerebral Palsy.

As reported by Radar, the film was inspired by a “determined high school senior strives to be a wrestler one last time despite having cerebral palsy.” The film was released in limited theaters in 2020 due to Howard’s threats against his partners. 

Here’s more from the report:

As we first reported, Howard and his wife Mira are being sued by a production companies named Map Group and Digital Ignition Entertainment. The suit explains Howard agreed to star in the producers’ 2021 film Triumph. The producers say Howard originally agreed to film for 7 days for 15% of the net profits with 5% donated to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

The producers accuse Howard of being a nightmare before production started. The suit described how the actor allegedly demanded $75k days before cameras were set to start rolling. Howard was paid the money to avoid the movie being derailed. The suit says a official deal memo was drafted for the remaining points but he refused to sign it.

After the film was licensed to a distributor, Howard attempted to block the release by firing off cease and desist letters to the distributor claiming they had no right to use his name of likeness, per the report.  

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Terrence Howard, Mira Pak

The suit claims Howard attempted to block, “the release of Triumph to extort additional sums from the Plaintiffs.”

Producers claim Howard’s antics cost them at least $1-2 million in damages.

Howard allegedly demanded $675k to withdraw the cease-and-desist letters

“Not only was the Defendants’ new demand for essentially $675,000.00 unreasonable and without any contractual or legal basis, but also Triumph’s revenue was not and has not ever been even remotely close to the Defendants’ demanded amount, primarily due to the Defendants’ efforts to delay and/or halt the release of Triumph,” their motion read.

“The Defendants’ greedy actions halted the goodwill that Triumph would have produced by making unreasonable, baseless demands for a charitable project,” they added.

In the newly filed motion, the producers claim, “The C&D Letters caused a significant loss of revenue from Cinemark and at least four (4) other theater chains and caused an unnecessary delay in the digital release of Triumph.”

The producers are suing for unspecified damages.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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