Monday, October 12, 2009

Update on Good Hair lawsuit

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 2:49 PM

The legal drama behind the Chris Rock documentary about African American hair continues.

Good Hair opened in limited release Friday and has made $1 million dollars so far, but filmmaker Regina Kimball says don't believe the hype. The movie is her idea and Rock stole it.

According to a release from Kimball, the suit continues:

On Thursday, Federal District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer ordered a hearing on whether defendants should be blocked from releasing Chris Rock's "Good Hair," which is slated for nationwide release on Oct. 23. The judge set the hearing date for Oct. 19.

The plaintiff in the case, Regina Kimbell, producer of the film "My Nappy Roots,” alleges that Rock did not tell her that he had a deal with HBO to produce a film about Black hair when he asked to see her film. In court papers, her claim is supported by her co-producer who was present at the screening where Rock has admitted he saw her film.

In court documents submitted under oath last week, Rock claimed that he could not recall whether he told Kimbell before or after the screening about his deal with HBO. However, in an interview with www.ifc.com on Friday, he changed his tune and now claims that he told Kimbell of his HBO deal before the screening.

According to Kimbell's attorney Reginald K. Brown, "This just doesn't make sense.

Why would Mrs. Kimbell knowingly screen her unreleased film for another filmmaker with distribution for a similar film?"

Though Kimbell's reps are saying the suit continues, other media outlets are reporting that the suit was tossed on Friday.

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