Actress Kate Bosworth has reached a settlement with film producers who filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit against her and her director husband, following accusations they stole film footage and fears they would exploit Native Americans.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the “Blue Crush” actress and producers of the film “Little Brother of War” are dropping all claims against the other.
The deal was reached prior to the case heading to trial.
As The Blast first reported, Bosworth and her husband, Michael Polish, were sued by film producers accusing them of holding the film footage hostage over a project called “Little Brother of War”, about the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and their history of playing competitive stickball, which is similar to lacrosse.
Polish was the director and Kate Bosworth appears to have been slated for a producing role.
Producers for the film claimed they worked tirelessly to navigate a “strenuous vetting and application process to gain seldom approved unrestricted access to film the MBCI’s stickball competitions on Reservation lands,” and promised the tribe they would “honor the rich cultural history and traditions surrounding the competitions.”
Because of their relationship, the crew was even able to shoot rare interviews with actual tribe members back in March of 2018.
Producers claimed Polish was only on set six days, but allegedly struck a deal with two on-set cameramen to “commandeer” the raw footage with a plan to “release an infringing, unauthorized film of his own.”
They were also worried that Polish’s film will “exploit the MBCI members and culture without their permission, all for their personal aggrandizement and gain.”
The producers sued seeking a court order stating that they are the rightful owners of the footage, for Polish to hand it all back over, and up to $1 million in damages.
The actress and her director husband Michael Polish fired back at the producers arguing that any footage in their possession as rightfully owned by them. They said the producer’s claims were “inconsistent with custom and practice in the entertainment industry.” Polish said the contract with producers was void and unenforceable due to fraud. The actress and her husband demanded the entire case be dismissed.