According to news reports, a producer who worked in Las Vegas on a movie by Casey Affleck that stars and is based on a year in the life of Joaquin Phoenix is suing Affleck for sexual harassment.
Producer Amanda White's $2 million lawsuit alleges that Affleck (who is married to Phoenix's sister) fired her after she turned him down sexually. She also says Affleck and Phoenix hired prostitutes to be on the Palazzo set of the movie. News reports say Phoenix snorts coke off a hooker's breast in the movie, which depicts him quitting acting to start rapping.
According to E!'s report of White's lawsuit, she claims Affleck subjected her and a cinematographer to the hookers "for reasons having nothing to do with the purpose of the project."
Affleck's lawyer calls White's claims "preposterous and without merit."
I interviewed Phoenix, Affleck and White at club Lavo that Vegas weekend. They gave me their word the movie wasn't a hoax.
"It's real," White told me for that January 2009 column. "That's why he has Casey doing it. It's an intimate portrait. Joaquin usually doesn't give that to people."
Their dumb movie comes out in September.
three PARTS OF A GREAT BAND
The English Beat and Squeeze play the Rio's Crown tonight. Just to be clear, singer Dave Wakeling tours the States with the Beat, while ex-band mates tour the U.K. as General Public.
Wakeling -- who sang wave classics "Save It For Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness" -- can't remember why the old Beat didn't get along. But he shared this wisdom:
"There's a wonderful saying: You need two things of the following three things to have a great band -- great friends, great money or great music.
"You can do it with two of those three things -- but it'll never last very long if you've got only one.
"So you can have great friends and great music -- and you don't care if there's no money.
"Or you can have great music and great money -- and you don't care if you're friends!
"And you can have great friends and great money -- and you don't care if the music sucks!"
He then laughed a belly's roar.
To recap LeBron James' Vegas weekend, he started partying Friday daytime at Tao Beach. Then he went to Lavo on Friday night. He went back to Tao Beach on Saturday with new teammate Dwyane Wade. LeBron ate at Tao on Saturday night with almost 30 people, then clubbed upstairs at Tao. He clubbed Sunday night at Lavo. Many fans have turned against LeBron, but he wasn't booed anywhere. At Lavo, he danced to "Teach Me How to Dougie." ... A table over from LeBron, Lamar Odom smoked a cigar and drank champagne with brother-in-law Rob Kardashian. Nearby, Larry Johnson of the Washington Redskins got up from his table to take the DJ's microphone and give a shout to LeBron. Johnson had been buying shots for all the guys around him. But at last, he walked over to a bachelorette party and handed a glass of champagne to the bachelorette. ... Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian partied Saturday at XS, as did Wade and other NBAers, plus Cuba Gooding Jr. with Jerry Bruckheimer after they partied Friday at Vanity. ... Matthew Perry appeared at Surrender on Saturday after midnight with two friends, drank water, gambled, chatted with fans and left by 2 a.m. ... Kevin Jonas did club Bank with wife Danielle and two other couples Friday, then danced at Tryst on Saturday night.
Doug Elfman's column appears on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. E-mail delfman@ reviewjournal.com. He also blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.