Quentin Tarantino has sued Gawker Media for encouraging its readers to read and download the leaked script of his upcoming movie The Hateful Eight.
Tarantino filed the suit after reportedly pleading with the company to take down the post on its Defamer website, but failed.
According to the director, he decided to shelve his plan to produce the movie after the script leaked last week. He insists he only gave out drafted copies to some of the actors and agents … and now he is mad that not only was the leaked copy posted online, Gawker also posted links for its numerous readers to read or download the whole 146-page script.
‘Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally,’ Tarantino’s attorney Marty Singer said in court papers filed on Monday. ‘Their headline boasts, “Here is the leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script” — here, not someplace else, but “here” on the Gawker website. The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with an invitation to “enjoy” it.’
Now because of Gawker’s refusal to take down the link and the ‘irreparable harm’ it has caused, Tarantino is seeking $2 million in damages through a jury trial.
This is not the first time Gawker has been sued for posting leaked celeb stuff: In 2012, Hulk Hogan sued the company for $100 million for posting a leaked part of his sex tape.