Several months after going to court over an alleged hacker attacking the company, Red Granite Pictures told a federal judge this weekend that it didn’t actually happen. “Upon further investigation, Red Granite Pictures has determined that its systems were never compromised by these harassers (or by anyone else), and that no data of any kind was taken from Red Granite,” said Bois, Schiller & Flexner lawyers for The Wolf of Wall Street producers in a February 28 letter to Judge Philip Guiterrez (read it here).
The company, whose credits also include Daddy’s Home and Dumb and Dumber To, also filed a formal voluntary dismissal without prejudice on Sunday, thereby ending the matter for now.
Red Granite first filed their action against anonymous hackers on July 29 last year, saying, “Defendants unlawfully and without permission obtained access to Plaintiff’s computer systems, and used that unauthorized access to, among other things, collect non-public information on Plaintiff’s business operations, employee lists, and internal communication.” The filing also claimed that employees received a series of emails with links to “defamatory blog postings or reports alleging improper activities allegedly connected with Plaintiff, often accompanied by sensational or offensive subject lines.”
It also cited “a series of harassing and threatening phone calls to an employee of a related company, who advises Plaintiff.” Red Granite had said it had to bring in cyber security because of the “daily harassment.”
This weekend’s action cancels all that — at least for now.