Bob Dylan is currently trying to block the release of Factory Girl–a biopic on the late Edie Sedgwick–due to the way he’s portrayed in the film. Dylan has apparently written the producers of the film, demanding that it not be released until he has time to evaluate whether or not he has a defamation claim against them.
According to reports, the film suggests that Dylan’s treatment of Sedgwick (long rumored to be one of his lovers and the inspiration behind some of his classics including “Just Like A Woman” and “Like A Rolling Stone”) indirectly led to Sedgwick’s eventual barbituate overdose and death.
Although Dylan was originally named in the film, his character, played by Hayden Christensen, is named Danny Quinn in the final version. However, speaking to The New York Post, Dylan’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, stated the following:
“Even though Mr Dylan’s name is not used, the portrayal remains both defamatory and a violation of Mr Dylan’s right of publicity. Until we are given an opportunity to view the film, we hereby demand that all distribution and screenings immediately be ceased.”
The film is currently set for a February release in the UK, with a US release still up in the air, after the film performed poorly in test screenings.