More legal trouble for the Spring Breakers producer. Less than two weeks since being named in a $1.3M lawsuit by an early investor in that 2012 pic, Christopher Hanley and his Muse Productions are being sued again. In a filing today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Periscope Entertainment claims Hanley hid assets and dodged paying a $300,000 judgment in a case involving the upcoming film London Fields starring Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton. The plaintiffs claim they were owed $270,000 in connection with that pic, and Periscope won a judgment two months ago. According to the suit, “In March of this year, Muse stipulated to a Judgment in favor of Periscope Entertainment LLC, personally signed by Hanley, in the amount of $300,000 for failing to make payments owed to Periscope in connection with the production of the Muse motion picture entitled London Fields (the copyright ownership of which Periscope has recently discovered Muse fraudulently transferred in order to improperly shield it from Periscope’s enforcement of the Judgment).” The plaintiffs allege that Muse transferred assets to Nicola Six Ltd, a private UK company the lawsuit says is 51% owned by co-defendant Jordan Gertner — like Hanley, a producer on Spring Breakers and its planned sequel — and 49% controlled by Hanley’s wife. Periscope is seeking a jury trial and, among other things, a TRO, an injunction and a lien on the sequel Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. Attorney Glen A. Rothstein of LA’s Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger is representing the plaintiffs.
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