Quantcast
Home » News
Home » News

Errol Morris wins a round in court over 'Manacled Mormon' film

Published October 17, 2013 1:01 pm
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has won another round in court against his former interview subject, Joyce McKinney.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that a California appeals court on Tuesday ruled against McKinney's legal effort to have parts of a lawsuit against Morris — parts that were thrown out by a lower court — reopened.

The lawsuit revolves around Morris' 2010 documentary "Tabloid," which dug into the infamous "Case of the Manacled Mormon." That '70s tabloid-ready story revolved around McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming who was accused of going to England to kidnap a man she once dated — who was, at the time of the alleged kidnapping, a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



McKinney was never tried in court on the accusations of kidnapping and raping the missionary, having fled England before a trial could proceed. But the case became a sensation in the British tabloids at the time.

In the current lawsuit, McKinney accuses Morris and the movie's producers of misrepresenting themselves — by saying they were working on a TV series about paparazzi, rather than focusing all the film's attention on her.

The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner gets into the fascinating details of the court machinations, but the upshot is this: A judge in Los Angeles threw out many of McKinney's allegations, and California appellate Judge Elizabeth Grimes ruled Tuesday that McKinney couldn't put those parts of the lawsuit back in.

The lawsuit is still pending, with McKinney still allowed to try to prove charges of fraud and breach of contract. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

USER COMMENTS
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus