A producer who has worked with Farrah Fawcett is suing over an upcoming documentary about her battle with cancer.
Craig Nevius filed a lawsuit in Santa Monica Wednesday, the exact same day “Farrah’s Story” was screened for friends and reporters.
His lawsuit states he is looking to regain creative control over the documentary and unspecified damages against several of the project’s main players.
The lawsuit does not name Fawcett as a defendant, nor seeks to block NBC’s prime-time airing of “Farrah’s Story,” scheduled on Friday.
Instead, the suit claims Fawcett’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan O’Neal, his business manager and a longtime friend Alana Stewart meddled with his role in the documentary. In addition, he claims O’Neal physically threatened him.
The documentary takes a frank look at the former “Charlie’s Angels” actress’ battle with anal cancer, which has spread to her liver.
Paul Bloch, a publicist for Fawcett, O’Neal and Stewart, said the lawsuit would be heartbreaking to Fawcett if she found out about it.
“We are shocked by this type of behavior,” Bloch said. “Here’s a woman who everyone knows has been ill and to do something like this is horrific. This has been a very difficult time for Ryan O’Neal.”
“When you see something like this, you have to question the motives of someone who can be so hurtful during this very sensitive time in a person’s life.”
Craig Nevius worked on the reality TV show “Chasing Farrah.”
In the lawsuit, Nevius says he had a contract to produce a documentary on the 62-year-old Fawcett’s cancer treatment in accordance with Fawcett’s wishes.
A hearing on the lawsuit, which was reported by the site TMZ, has been scheduled for August 31.
O’Neal and Stewart were among a celebrity audience that previewed “Farrah’s Story” on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, California.