The Oscar winner was promised a ‘play-or-pay’ deal to star in director Dario Argento’s movie, meaning he would receive his $640,000 (£426,700) fee whether the film was made or not.
In a lawsuit filed at a California federal court last month (Oct10), Brody claimed he never received his pay cheque and was misled about a $2 million (£1.3 million) distribution deal.
And on Monday (22Nov10) U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer ruled in Brody’s favour, ordering filmmakers to halt distributing, marketing or selling the thriller in America until the fee was settled.
Now Brody has publicly addressed the matter, admitting he was “left with no alternative” but to take legal action.
In a statement given to the Associated Press on Wednesday (24Nov10), he says, “At no point did I ever wish to be involved in a legal dispute, but after over a year of attempting to resolve this matter I was left with no other alternative.
“I am greatly appreciative of the court’s ruling which protects me, and shows support for all artists who have been manipulated and taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers.”