An actress on the racy Cinemax production “Femme Fatales” is suing Cinemax, Time Warner, HBO and True Crime LLC, saying that she was bullied and forced into “performing nude scenes, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment". The suit does not name the specific episode of the series which she worked on, and the actress has only identified herself in the lawsuit by the name of Anne G. However, the attorney who filed the suit, David Olan, says that Anne G. worked on one episode for the series which was called “Jailbreak”.
The series, which has gone through two seasons now, is inspired by pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels. Each episode is stand-alone and hosted by Lilith (Tanit Phoenix) who introduces the storylines. Powerful and sexy women in each episode often overcome problems, channel their survival instincts and show their inner devious nature. In 2010, The Hollywood Reporter released an article which described the show as a “thriller anthology series” and that it would have “a strong erotic component.”
In the suit, Anne G. makes the claim that when she auditioned and was hired for the part under an AFTRA contract that she was never told that she would be required to perform scenes of a sexual nature or be filmed nude. She said that when they began shooting on December 6th “she was blindsided with rewrite after rewrite which necessitated her character to simulate sexual intercourse and for her to appear nude but for pasties on her nipples and a sticker on her private parts.” She also says that this was done “without the proper health and safety protections,” and that it was not a closed set.
Anne G. claims that she expressed openly how uncomfortable she was with what she was being asked to do, and how she would never have considered the job is she knew it included “soft-core porn” and that she was threatened with a $100,000 lawsuit if she breached her contract.
The suit names executive director Steve Kriozere and assistant director Joe Shwarts as individuals who made “inappropriate sexual comments to her” and that she was “required to rehearse practically nude due to the malfunctioning pasties on a nonclosed set devoid of nonessential production crew. The on-set rewrites while the camera was rolling, sexual comments, threats of financial retribution, among other things, created an intimidating, sexually hostile and offensive work environment.”
So far, True Crime, HBO and Cinemax have been unavailable to comment on the situation. If these allegations prove to be true, “Femme Fatales” could be in for a world of trouble.