Jennifer Lopez Says No Way to Ex's Biopic

Lawyers send cease-and-desist to Ojani Noa, who wants to tell the story of their brief marriage in film form

By Natalie Finn, Whitney English Oct 27, 2009 10:20 PMTags
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UPDATE (July 29, 2011): An appellate court over-ruled a previous decision rejecting Lopez's bid to take the case to arbitration, determining that her invasion-of-privacy suit does not require a public court case.

UPDATE: Lopez sued Noa for invasion of privacy and breach of contract on Nov. 6. She's asking for at least $10 million in damages.

Jennifer Lopez didn't want her dirty marital laundry aired in black and white, and she doesn't want it out there in Technicolor, either.

Citing the injunction all parties agreed upon two years ago, lawyers for the singer-actress have sent a cease-and-desist letter to her first ex-husband, Ojani Noa, demanding that he finally stop thinking he's going to profit from his brief marriage to the twice-since remarried star.

According to the letter, Noa's been shopping a film project called How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The J.Lo and Ojani Noa Story and has advertised for players on an open-casting website.

"It would strain credulity to the breaking point for those involved in the writing, development and the pre-production of the Proposed Film to claim that they were not aware" of the injunction in place, Lopez attorney John Lavely wrote.

The injunction prevented Noa from publishing a supposed tell-all book a few years back that claimed Lopez, among other things, was hooking up with Marc Anthony while the singer was still married. He was also ordered to pay $545,000 in damages for breaking a confidentiality clause he signed in 2005.

But despite its salacious yet straightforward title, the film's executive producer tells E! News that the movie is going to be more Borat than The Way We Were.

The film would start with Noa's arrival from Cuba on U.S. shores and take him through his courtship of and yearlong marriage to Lopez, and end with her ill-fated 2002 engagement to Ben Affleck.

Executive producer Claudia Vasquez, of Big Dream Films, tells E! News that, like the book Noa was prevented from writing (the modestly titled The Unknown Truth: A Passionate Portrait of a Serial Thriller), the film would detail Lopez's alleged infidelities while married to Noa. He also claims Lopez cheated on various boyfriends with him.

"You're going to have to wait on that for the film," Vasquez said when asked whether those boyfriends included the more famous named on Lopez's dating résumé.

And even though Lopez's legal camp is coming after them, they're going ahead with the project, Vasquez insisted.

"It's a parody, so usually law doesn't apply to the story unless it's something serious," she said. "It's showing that he can get over it. It's comic. This is not about Jennifer Lopez's life, this is about Ojani's life."

He and J.Lo were married in February 1997 and it ended a year later.


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