Terrence Howard is being accused of trying to shake down the producers on a film raising money for cerebral palsy.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Howard agreed to star in the film Triumph. The film was inspired by a “determined high school senior strives to be a wrestler one last time despite having cerebral palsy.”
The film was released in April 2020 but only in a limited amount of theaters due to Howard’s threats. Around the time of the release Howard started firing off cease and desist letters to the distributor claiming they had no right to use his name or likeness.
Howard then allegedly demanded $675k to withdraw the cease-and-desist letters.
The producers also say Howard was a nightmare before production started. He allegedly demanded $75k days before cameras were set to start rolling. The producers say they paid Howard the money to avoid the movie being derailed.
Howard originally agreed to film for 7 days for 15% of the net profits with 5% donated to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Now they are suing for unspecified damages. Apparently Howard and his wife Mira are being sued by production companies, Map Group and Digital Ignition Entertainment.
They believe Howard’s action cost them at least $1-2 million in damages.
In the newly filed motion, the producers claim, “The C&D Letters caused a significant loss of revenue from Cinemark and at least four (4) other theater chains and caused an unnecessary delay in the digital release of Triumph.”
They are also demanding the court issue a preliminary injunction ordering Howard to withdraw his cease and desist letters and stop blocking the film’s release.
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