“Hellboy” director Neil Marshall has denied the accusation
Two film administrators, each of whom have dated actress Charlotte Kirk, tried to extort veteran Hollywood government Ron Meyer, based on two people with data of the drama that led to the mogul’s abrupt ouster as vice chairman of NBCUniversal on Tuesday.
Neil Marshall, the director of 2019’s “Hellboy” who’s at present relationship Kirk, and Joshua Newton, a former boyfriend of Kirk’s whose credit embrace the 2009 Roy Scheider movie “Iron Cross,” individually contacted Meyer up to now yr demanding cash and threatening to show Meyer’s extramarital affair with Kirk from eight years in the past, the people mentioned.
For almost a yr, Meyer had been in particular person negotiations with the administrators, every of whom threatened to file lawsuits that uncovered his affair and that named Comcast, the guardian firm of NBCUniversal, in an try to strain Meyer into greenlighting considered one of their film tasks, the insiders mentioned.
Meyer and NBCUniversal each declined to remark for this story.
Marshall flatly denied the accusation. “The allegations concerning me, Ron Meyer and Comcast have no basis in fact,” he mentioned through e-mail. “They are malicious and harmful, and you should not be a party to spreading false statements you now know are untrue.”
Newton, who dated Kirk for 5 years and solid her within the lead position in his movie “Nicole & O.J.,” didn’t reply to an e-mail or telephone calls in search of remark.
On Tuesday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell introduced that Meyer had disclosed the extortion makes an attempt final week and that the 75-year-old would step down from the corporate after a 25-year run.
Kirk is similar actress whose later affair with Kevin Tsujihara between 2013 and 2014 led to his personal ouster as Warner Bros. CEO final yr after phrase of the connection and Tsujihara’s subsequent efforts to advance Kirk’s performing profession surfaced within the press.
Meyer, who had an affair with Kirk when she was roughly 20 years outdated and new to Hollywood, suggested the younger actress when she was in search of a settlement from Tsujihara and different associated people whom she claimed had promised her film roles, based on two people with data of the matter. A lawyer for Tsujihara denied that he had ever made a settlement with Kirk.
Nonetheless, a financial settlement was finally struck with James Packer, the billionaire film financier who works intently with Warner Bros. and was then partnered with director Brett Ratner on the manufacturing firm Ratpac-Dune Leisure, a 3rd knowedgable particular person informed TheWrap. Kirk had additionally dated James Packer, based on texts revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.
The quantity and timing of that settlement are usually not recognized. Reps for Packer and Kirk didn’t reply to requests for remark.
In keeping with two insiders, Kirk later regretted the phrases of that settlement and blamed Meyer for the sum she acquired. She demanded that Meyer pay her to even the rating, they mentioned, and threatened to show their affair to the media if he refused. Somewhat than threat public embarrassment, Meyer selected to pay Kirk an undisclosed sum of money — and didn’t inform Comcast on the time, two insiders mentioned.
Meyer reached out to the FBI for help on the 2 administrators’ extortion makes an attempt, two people conversant in the matter informed Selection. The FBI wouldn’t affirm or deny whether or not there’s an investigation into the matter.
In keeping with THR, there was an “increasingly desperate struggle” amongst Tsujihara, Packer and Ratner to “manage Kirk’s urgent demands to be cast in movies and TV series.” She was subsequently solid in small roles two Warner Bros. films, 2016’s “How to Be Single” and 2018’s “Ocean’s 8.”
Style director Neil Marshall first broke out with 2002’s indie horror cult basic “Dog Soldiers” and adopted that up with 2005’s “The Descent,” which cemented Marshall’s place amongst “The Splat Pack” — a collective of indie filmmakers who write, direct and produce R-rated horror movies recognized for his or her low budgets and use of violence. Marshall went on to direct tv episodes and directed the very talked-about “Blackwater” episode of “Game of Thrones.”
Marshall’s route of “Game of Thrones” season 4’s penultimate episode “The Watchers on the Wall” garnered him an Emmy Nomination for Excellent Directing for a drama collection. Marshall quickly adopted with final yr’s troubled Lionsgate reboot of “Hellboy,” a fraught manufacturing on which TheWrap completely reported. Marshall would go on to direct Kirk within the horror film “The Reckoning,” which is scheduled to display this Thursday at Canada’s Fantasia Movie Competition.
In 2019, Newton informed the Each day Mail he was deeply in love with the actress however solid her as Nicole Brown Simpson in his O.J. Simpson movie for skilled causes: “‘Charlotte and I were together for five years and it would be difficult to argue that it didn’t influence me. But she was given the role on merit and for all the right artistic reasons.”
Umberto Gonzalez contributed to this report.