Olivia de Havilland asks court to revive “Feud” lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olivia de Havilland has asked the California Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against the FX Networks show “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
Lawyers for the 101-year-old actress filed the appeal Friday, asking the court to reverse an appeals court decision in March that threw out the suit.
De Havilland objected to her depiction on the show, saying her likeness was illegally used and her character, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, came across as a vulgar gossipmonger.
The appeals court ruled that creators’ First Amendment rights trump de Havilland’s objections.
“Feud” creator Ryan Murphy said after the decision that it was a victory for the creative community.
De Havilland’s lawyer says in a statement Friday that the rejection of the lawsuit “puts everyone at the mercy of the media and entertainment industry.”