DreamWorks accused of fraud

Jerome O’Connor, the producer of the Barry Levinson-directed An Everlasting Piece, is seeking $100 million in punitive damages against DreamWorks, adding a fraud claim Tuesday to his suit. It alleges that the film, a comedy sympathetic to the Irish Republican Army, was held back in distribution to appease British officials. O’Connor said that an agreement with DreamWorks was made to distribute the film in 800 theaters but was only shown in eight, grossing a mere $75,000 before being removed. O’Connor has included a fraud claim, saying the studio deliberately deceived him and the other filmmakers into working at DreamWorks. The studio has called the suit “patently ludicrous,” according to The Associated Press.