MTV News has learned J. Alex Wagner has filed a lawsuit against the film and TV company that produced G.
Joe: A Real American Hero.
The suit, filed in New York’s Southern District of New York, says the lawsuit is related to a 2010 incident in which Wagner claims he was sexually assaulted and subjected to retaliation after writing and producing the script for G. I. Joe: Retaliation Against A Novelist.
The lawsuit claims Wagner was sexually harassed and humiliated by Abrams and Wahlburg.
The complaint seeks unspecified damages.
In the lawsuit, Wagner claims Abrams sexually harassed him, forced him to sign a non-disclosure agreement and threatened to expose the script.
“We’ve always had a mutual respect and admiration for each other, and we share the same passion for filmmaking and for the entertainment industry,” Abrams said in a statement.
Alex and I have always worked very closely together on our movies and we were both fans of his work and of his life and work.
Wahlberger and Abrams both did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “
I am heartbroken that this situation occurred and am deeply sorry to J.A. and his family for the hurt that this has caused.”
Wahlberger and Abrams both did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Joe” has had a strong following since its first theatrical release in 2002.
It won numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, including Best Picture.
It was the first film produced by Abrams, who directed two episodes and directed two other feature films, including 2009’s American Sniper.
In 2012, Wahl and Abrams teamed to direct the sequel, G. Jr. , which grossed more than $600 million worldwide and spawned an animated series starring Adam Driver and Olivia Wilde.
Abrams and producer Joe Letteri, who wrote the screenplay, left the project in December 2017 to focus on directing Star Wars: Episode IX.