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Comedian-Actress Sues Producer of ‘The Telephone’

September 3, 1987 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Comedian-actress Whoopi Goldberg is suing the producer and director of her new movie, ″The Telephone,″ because they refused to distribute the version she edited.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Superior Court, seeks $100,000 in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages from director Rip Torn and New World Pictures.

Miss Goldberg contends her contract allowed her to take part in cutting the movie, but that she was instead given a version to edit on her own while Torn did another version. In keeping with the decision of an arbitrator who ruled on the dispute Aug. 11, Torn’s version is being distributed.

The suit alleges Torn’s version is artistically inferior and will damage Miss Goldberg’s career.