Evan Rachel Wood has been sued for $30 million by the producers of “10 Things I Hate About You,” claiming that the actress has violated her contract by opting out of the sequel of the 1999 romantic comedy, according to media reports.
The court document filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claimed that the producers had paid $300,000 to the actress as an advance to play the lead in the film, according to TMZ. The plaintiffs' demand reportedly includes at least $20 million in lost profits, $500,000 in lost financing costs, $6 million in lost investments and about $5 million in damages.
"The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers," a representative for Wood said, in a statement to E! News. "The production shut down in February 2013 when the producers ran out of money. Even after that, Evan agreed to resume production in Nov. 2013, by which time the producers said they would have cleared up their issues."
The lawsuit, on the other hand, claims that the production shutdown falls under the rights of the producers, and when they went to Wood asking her to resume production in November 2013, the 26-year-old actress refused to return to work.
Meanwhile, Wood's representative claimed that "the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed. Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract."
The producers also reportedly said in the lawsuit that they agreed to pay Wood more money to return to the film but she refused to do so.
Wood, who has starred in films like “The Ides of March,” “Thirteen” and “The Wrestler,” recently announced that she had separated from her husband Jamie Bell after 19 months of marriage.