"Femme Fatales" actress suing Cinemax for being 'blindsided' by sex scenes

Poster for Cinemax show "Femme Fatales"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.

- Femme Fatales

Written by: harrisr
Dec 12th, 2012, 4:05 am


Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2013, 6:46 am
regarding "N"s comment, you dont fool me.... like anyone would expect an employee of the show to admit to wrongdoing.... your entire post sounds like justification to me. coercion occurs in all walks of life, and you werent there when it likely occurred. these dirty secrets are usually done when no one is in earshot for a reason

Message Posted On Dec 23rd, 2012, 6:43 am
I worked on this show. And I can unequivocally say that this was one of the most professional sets I have worked on. To say that she was 'unaware' of the nudity and simulated sex is absurd. She would have received her script pages in advance, and would have had to sign a nudity clause. The crew, from top to bottom, of this show was respectful and courteous. Often, when young women make the decision to do nudity, and then receive negative feedback from family or friends, they feel a certain amount of embarrassment, shame, or regret. However, she made the decision, she signed the contract. Anyone can be replaced, she could have walked. As someone who has been on the show, and knows SEVERAL other women who have also been on the show, I can assure you that this lawsuit is ridiculous.

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Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2012, 4:23 am

I was not really interested in this show from it's original wrtite up...

But now I think I might have a look at season 1.


Is this just tooooo cynical?


Message Posted On Dec 14th, 2012, 6:59 am
It's a good show. But really, I'm pretty sure that so substantially changing the nature of the part would void the original contract. This seems really unprofessional on the producers' part. I hope they can put this on the individuals responsible and not drag the entire production company or show down with it.


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Message Posted On Dec 12th, 2012, 3:03 pm

As someone who watches Femme Fatales (hey, stop judging me!), this makes me sad. I do not at all like the idea that the women featured on this show were threatened in to getting naked.


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Message Posted On Dec 12th, 2012, 2:53 pm

Were they trying to keep her identity a secret? Because it's obviously Anne Lee Greene. That's like Tom Cruise trying to hide his identity by going by the name Thomas Cruze.

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