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‘Alpha Dog’ Hit by Hollywood Legal Action

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Mar 29, 2006 | 5:59am EST

Upcoming movie Alpha Dog has been hit with legal action by Jesse James Hollywood--the man whose kidnap and murder case the film is based on.

Hollywood--whose accomplice is played by pop star-turned-actor Justin Timberlake--claims the Nick Cassavetes movie will prejudice his upcoming trial for the abduction and murder of a Californian teenager over an alleged drug debt.

Lawyers acting for Hollywood have also called for the Santa Barbara district attorney's office to be removed from the case after they freely co-operated with filmmakers.

Attorney James Blatt says, "We are considering different types of legal action to prevent the film being distributed.

"Any defense team would have a legitimate concern that the movie, which depicts Mr. Hollywood in a very negative light, would have an effect on selecting a fair and impartial jury."

Santa Barbara district attorney Ronald Zonen reportedly furnished Cassavetes with his notes on four previous cases, in addition to police and probation reports, photographs and a psychological report.

Hollywood went missing in 2000 following the kidnap and murder of Nicholas Markowitz. Filming on Alpha Dog had concluded when Hollywood was arrested in Brazil last year, and Cassavetes was forced to rewrite his script--character names had already been changed on legal advice.

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