Celebrated director Martin Scorsese is being sued for allegedly failing to have a medical examination for his new film SILENCE.

HOLLYWOOD GANG PRODUCTIONS filed the breach of contract lawsuit against the GOODFELLAS creator in Manhattan Superior Court on 3 September (04), claiming Scorsese agreed in February (04) to "submit to a physical examination" but ignored repeated requests to fulfil that commitment and consequently lost the company insurance cover for the period drama - about Jesuit priests in 16th Century Japan.

Hollywood Gang Productions' lawyer, RICHARD GOLUB, says, "All we want to do is stick a thermometer in him."

The company had a contract with Scorsese which gave them power to take out a $1 million (GBP557,000) policy to insure themselves in case anything happened to the director during production. They are now seeking legal fees of more than $10,000 (GBP5,500).

15/09/2004 13:17