Lifetime's made-for-TV Drew Peterson movie starring Rob Lowe may not happen after all. According to the Chicago Tribune, Peterson has demanded that the movie stop production arguing that it invades his privacy and is a "character assassination" as he stands trial for the murder of his third wife.
Peterson, the former suburban Chicago cop, was accused of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2004, reports Reuters. Savio was found dead in the couple's bathtub. Later on, in 2007, Peterson's fourth wife disappeared, and many suspect he may have played a role in her disappearance.
Lifetime Entertainment planned to make a movie about Drew Peterson and his wives based on the nonfiction book "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson."
But now Peterson's attorney has sent a seven-page cease and desist letter to Lifetime, A&E Television Networks, Disney, and even Rob Lowe demanding a stop to the movie. The letter calls the book "extremely opinionated," "blatantly biased," "less than seriously researched," and "defamatory," and Peterson's lawyer says that the book "falsely imputes homicide to my client," reports the Tribune.
As a potential jury pool may be prejudiced by the movie, Peterson has shown potential harm should Lifetime make the movie and should he bring a defamation action.
In a defamation action, Peterson would have to show that the statement [or movie] was not true and that the movie producers acted negligently in publishing the information.
As Drew Peterson will face a judge and jury to determine if he killed Kathleen Savio, the veracity of the facts underlying the Drew Peterson movie will likely be determined in a courtroom.
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