By Eriq Gardner
Will Jennifer Lopez be able to keep a supposed sex tape from being released?
Lawyers for the actress and her ex-husband, Ojani Noa, are in court this week to discuss both a proposed "mockumentary" about the relationship. as well as more than 11 hours of alleged footage of the pair on their 1997 honeymoon.
Yesterday, the actress won a temporary restraining order
blocking distribution of a proposed film called "How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The JLo and Ojani Story". A hearing will reconvene today, and a judge will determine whether to extend the order.
In the last two weeks, this dispute has quickly escalated upon word that the film was being shopped at the American Film Market in Santa Monica.
Lopez claims that a film violates her publicity rights, a confidentiality agreement, and an injunction emanating from Noa's attempts to publish a tell-all book in 2007. In turn, Noa says he sold rights to the footage and his story to another individual, Ed Meyer, whose lawyer attempted to argue in court yesterday that Meyer isn't bound by confidentiality and that the film would be a parody, and thus, protected speech.
According to Lopez' original complaint
filed by John Lavely and Paul Sorrell at LA's Lavely & Singer, Meyer sent an email to Lopez' attorney saying they had video of Lopez "in revealing lack of clothing, and in sexual situations, especially in the hotel room footage." Meyer also tried to argue that the injunction was only a state court order "with extremely limited jurisdiction and effectiveness."
This sounds to us like posturing, especially if Lopez' representatives haven't yet seen the alleged sex tape. We're a little skeptical that Ojani Noa really wants to make a movie. Perhaps he is looking for some leverage to cut a nice, new settlement.