Eva Green found High Court battle experience ‘damaging and damaging’

Eva Green’s High Court battle with a production company was a “painful and devastating” experience, the Hollywood actress said.

The Casino Royale star, who won her million dollar (£810,000) claim for abandoned film A Patriot, said she was used as a “scapegoat” and faced with “false allegations” during her legal action against White Lantern Movie.

In a statement released on Friday, the 42-year-old said allegations against her, including claims she undermined the independent film’s production and abandoned her contract, had been “totally rejected” by a judge .

She added: “My professional reputation is stable.”

Eva Green leaving the Rolls Building, London (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

The actor continued: “In this legal action I was forced to stand up to a small group of men, funded by deep financial resources, who tried to use me as a scapegoat to cover up their own mistakes.

“I’m proud that I stood up against their bully-boy tactics.

“They made false allegations about me in public court documents which the judge has now shown to be completely wrong.”

In their own statement later, White Lantern Film and lender SMC Specialty Finance (SMC), which brought a counterclaim against Ms Green, said the suggestion that legal action was “motivated or characterized by gender-based bullying is completely unwarranted “.

“It in no way reflects the judgment, nor the evidence heard in court,” they said.

Ms Green also used her statement to criticize media coverage of the case, which made headlines during a trial in London earlier this year.

“Many people in the press were only too happy to reprint these lies without reporting properly. There are few things the media likes more than tearing down a woman,” she said.

“It felt like being run over by hounds; ​​​​​​​​I was misrepresented, quoted out of context and my desire to make the best film possible was made to look like female hysteria.

“It was cruel and it was false.”

During the 11-day trial, messages sent by Ms Green to colleagues were revealed in court, which included her describing potential staff members as “shitty pheasants”, the production as a “B-shitty-movie” and an executive producer as ” clean vomit”.

Ms Green also spent two days giving evidence from the witness box, fielding questions from lawyers for White Lantern Film and SMC.

The actor continued with his statement: “As a result of this situation, the cat is well and truly out of the bag that I am afraid of public speaking, that I do not understand technical financial structures, that I am vulnerable in the face. of aggression, that I am passionate in my work and that my heart breaks when people are unkind.

“I’m also the type of person who escapes through the back door at parties and is happiest at home alone with my dogs.

“But, more importantly, I want to say that I’m also on my own making the films I love and believe in, working alongside amazing crews in the UK and abroad.

“So the pain has been greatly increased by the deliberate misreporting by some of the press and it has been more painful than I can say.”

Ms Green sued White Lantern Film after production on the sci-fi film A Patriot was shut down in October 2019, claiming she was still entitled to her fee for the dystopian thriller despite its cancellation.

Eva Green

Green spoke of the pain of her personal life being ‘dragged through the courts’ (Yui Mok/PA)

“I fought tooth and nail to protect the beautiful film that I loved and signed for,” said the actor.

“A film that spoke about a cause that is very important to me – climate change – and warned about the resource wars and mass migration that would happen if we don’t address the problem.

“I stood my ground, and this time, justice prevailed.”

Ms Green concluded: “I wish I could say that this persecution has made me stronger, better and wiser.

“But my personal life was dragged through the press and the court was worse and more damaging than I can say.

“That is why I want to thank those kind people who supported me, on social media and other platforms when I was being criticized by the press.

“It was such a relief to know I wasn’t alone and it helped to know that so many people could cope with the legal tricks, PR and spin.

“I promise with all my heart, that I will always do my best to earn the kind support you have given me.”

White Lantern Film and SMC said Ms Green complained about “things she wrote and said herself”, adding: “Her comments, emails and WhatsApps were examined to see if she meant the project to quit or whether she would have gone ahead with it. That was the main evidentiary question before the court.

“SMC has a long and proud record of funding and promoting producers, directors, writers and acting talent of all genders, from Oscar winners to first-time female directors. It goes without saying that Ms. Green’s gender played no role in our decision to defend ourselves against this legal claim,” they said.

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