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Director Lynne Ramsay denies being sued by film producers

Lynne Ramsay
Image caption Ramsay directed Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin

Director Lynne Ramsay has denied being sued by producers of the film Jane Got A Gun starring Natalie Portman.

According to court papers acquired by the Hollywood Reporter last week, producers had filed a legal action against the Scottish director.

Ramsay left the film a day before shooting started and producers claimed her last-minute departure caused delay.

But according to Screen Daily, a statement from Ramsey's team says she has not been served with a lawsuit.

The statement, issued on Saturday, read: "Lynne Ramsay has not been served with this lawsuit and, when she is, she will respond in court and not in the media.

"That said, the allegations as recently reported are simply false. Lynne looks forward to presenting the truth about this situation in the proper forum."

The court papers obtained by the Hollywood Reporter stated that Ramsay was paid $750,000 (£466,000) to work on the western screenplay and to direct.

They also alleged Ramsay "was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive".

The legal action further alleged that Ramsey, who was Bafta-nominated for We Need To Talk About Kevin, endangered crew members "when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions".

Portman - who is also one of the film's producers - reportedly showed up for the first day of shooting in New Mexico in March unaware that Ramsay had quit the day before.

Three actors left alongside Ramsay - Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper.

Ewan McGregor was then brought in to star with Portman and Gavin O'Connor to direct.

According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, Ramsay had not been presented with an approved schedule, script or budget days before shooting was set to begin.

Earlier this year, Ramsay served on the prize jury at the Cannes Film Festival alongside Stephen Spielberg and Nicole Kidman.

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