A recent legal case has emerged, with Abigail Breslin at its center, making allegations against Aaron Eckhart regarding his behavior on the set of their espionage film, “Classified.” Breslin claims that she felt unsafe when left alone around Eckhart due to his alleged mistreatment of her. In response, the film’s production company is now pursuing a breach of contract lawsuit against Breslin, citing the adverse impact her accusations have had on the film’s distribution, as per court documents reviewed by Rolling Stone.
These allegations first came to light earlier this year when Breslin reported to the production team that Eckhart had allegedly displayed aggressive, demeaning, and unprofessional conduct toward her, which she believed put her in perilous situations on various occasions. The lawsuit was officially filed on November 2nd in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and it also reveals that Breslin communicated her concerns to the Screen Actors Guild, expressing her fears and condemning Eckhart’s behavior. This, in turn, nearly halted the entire production.
Breslin’s refusal to be alone in several scenes with Eckhart necessitated costly accommodations to move the production forward. The plaintiffs, Dream Team Studios and WM Holdings, claim that a thorough investigation found no supporting evidence for Breslin’s allegations against Eckhart, characterizing them as baseless and disruptive. This lack of scenes featuring both stars together has caused issues with the finished product’s delivery, resulting in financial losses of $80,000 for the project.
Furthermore, Breslin reportedly demanded a $35,000 payment as a condition for finalizing her agreement, which is necessary for the film’s release and to secure tax credits in Malta. Consequently, the plaintiffs are seeking $80,000 in actual damages and punitive damages in response to these actions.
Parade has sought comments from representatives of both Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin. However, a representative for Breslin, the star of “Little Miss Sunshine,” stated to Rolling Stone that she is unaware of any legal action against her and has not received any legal notice. They firmly deny all allegations and stand by the statement provided to the Screen Actors Guild, which was shared confidentially.