(CN) – Jennifer Lopez sued her ex-husband Ojani Noa to stop him from shopping around a movie about their brief marriage, which allegedly includes video footage showing J Lo “in revealing lack of clothing, and in sexual situations, especially in the hotel room footage from … [their] honeymoon.” Lopez claims Noa and filmmaker Ed Meyer are violating an injunction she won when Noa tried to publish a book about their marriage; she says Meyer blew off her attorney’s complaints in an email last week, writing, “I don’t even need to litigate this in the court system, as I can litigate it in the media.”
In her complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lopez says Noa and Meyer are “producing and marketing for sale a feature film titled ‘How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The JLo and Ojani Noa Story’ … which they describe as the ‘(s)tory of Jennifer Lopez’s tumultuous first marriage to Cuban immigrant, chef and model Ojani Noa.’ Meyer also claims to have acquired from Noa the exclusive rights to what Meyer described as ’11+ hours of previously unseen home video footage of Jennifer Lopez and Ojani Noa’ … and asserted that he and Noa ‘will be marketing/licensing [the films] for sale in DVD format at the American Film Market,’ which is to be held in Santa Monica, California, from November 2-11, 2009.”
On Nov. 2, Lopez says, her attorney warned Meyer by email that he was violating a court injunction by marketing the movie containing the home videos.
Her complaint states: “In response, that same day Meyer sent Lopez’s attorney an email in which he stated that the Home Video Materials depict Lopez ‘in revealing lack of clothing, and in sexual situations, especially in the hotel room footage from [her and Noa’s] honeymoon,’ and that the injunction is ‘100% ineffective.'” (Brackets in original.)
She says that later that afternoon, Meyer sent another email to her attorney, in which he wrote “that the injunction was ‘only a “State Court” injunction, with extremely limited jurisdiction and effectiveness.’ Meyer continued to state that: ‘I don’t even need to litigate this in the court system, as I can litigate it in the media.'”
Lopez seeks $10 million in damages, plus costs, for invasion of privacy, violation of publicity rights and breach of contract. She is represented by Matthew Panagiotis with Lavely & Singer.
Lopez and Noa have a tangled history. They were married from February 2007 until January 2008. Noa, a Cuban-born model, later worked as a chef in Lopez’s restaurant, Madre’s, and sued her in December 2004, after he was fired.
The October 2005 settlement of that dispute included a nondisparagment clause and a nondisclosure clause, Lopez says in her complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The nondisclosure clause ordered Noa not to “‘disclose for monetary fain any private or intimate details about either [Plaintiff] or his relationship with [Plaintiff].’,” Lopez says. (Brackets in original.)
In April 2006, Lopez sued Noa in L.A. Superior Court, claiming he was violating both clauses by shopping around a book manuscript. She won a temporary restraining order, and an arbitrator awarded her judgment, and the court confirmed it in September 2007, Lopez says.
But on Oct. 22 this year, according to her complaint, a casting notice was posted on the TalentRep.breakdownexpress.com Web site, looking for actors for the movie, “How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The JLo and Ohana Noa Story.” The ad identified Noa as the writer and Meyer as the executive producer, according to the complaint.
Lopez says her attorney sent the defendants a cease and desist letter the next day, to which Meyer replied that he was going ahead with the film.
Meyer claims the film is or will be a parody, and is therefore protected. Lopez’s attorney on Nov. 2 asked to see a copy of the film, to “evaluate whether it is indeed a parody as claimed by Meyer,” but Meyer blew him off, according to the complaint.