Superior Court Justice David Horowitz said that the Private Movie Company "failed to prove by a preponderence of the evidence" that Lee had entered into a contract to perform in the flick, originally titled Hello, She Lied. Plaintiff's lawyer Adam Miller said the movie company will "think about appealing" the verdict.
The production company hoped testimony from Lee's former manager and a former agent would sway the judge otherwise. During the trial, both said that the Canadian-born blond made an oral agreement to star in Hello, usually considered a legally binding contract.
But, in the end, it was Lee's own words that convinced Horowitz. He agreed that the actress never officially committed to the movie.
In several days of mini-skirted testimony, Lee claimed neither the manager nor agent had her authorization to negotiate for her and that she never signed a contract. "I only worry about my signature," she said.
She said she walked because producers refused to rewrite steamy, "simulated-sex" sequences. "I hated the script...there were sex scenes that had nothing to do with the movie," she explained. "I knew I was going to be pushed to do things I was not comfortable with."
Hello was eventually recast with swimsuit sexpot Kathy Ireland in the starring role, airing on Showtime as Miami Hustler, while Lee starred in box-office pariah Barb Wire.