PITTSBURGH — A female stagehand wants to stop Jeff Goldblum's movie "Pittsburgh" from airing on cable television or otherwise being distributed until her scene is cut.
Debbie Sue Croyle contends in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that she didn't sign a release to appear in the "mockumentary" and was humiliated because Goldblum used a double entendre in a scene in which she appears.
Croyle, a 30-year veteran stagehand, was working at the Benedum Center in 2004 when Goldblum was appearing in a Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of "The Music Man."
The 55-year-old actor isn't named as a defendant, though the movie centers on his appearance in the musical and suggests in mock documentary style that he did so against the advice of his agent and friends, who were concerned it would hurt his career.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Pittsburgh, seeks $4 million in damages.
It targets several southern California production companies; directors Chris Bradley and Kyle La Brache; and Starz Entertainment LLC, the Englewood, Colo., cable channel that is now airing the movie.
A representative from one production company, ROAR LLC of Beverly Hills, Calif., declined to comment. Calls to other defendants weren't immediately returned Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge David Cercone scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the request to stop distribution of the movie until the lawsuit can be heard.
Croyle contends that theater stagehands and others involved with "The Music Man" production were asked to sign releases so their images could appear in the movie.
She said she asked producers to either donate money to an organization that serves mentally disabled people or cut her scene. Producers never got back to her about the request, the lawsuit said.
Croyle said she learned she was in the movie only after other people saw it and told her about it. In the scene, Goldblum uses a sexual innuendo while Croyle rubs alcohol on his skin and blows air on it before attempting to tape a microphone to him.
Croyle contends she has become the subject of ridicule since the DVD was released earlier this year and "Pittsburgh" began airing on the Starz movie channel.
Her lawsuit alleges she "has been humiliated and embarrassed in her employment and personal life by the use of her likeness and by the portrayal of her" in the movie and that the humiliation and embarrassment will continue as more people see "Pittsburgh."
Croyle's attorney declined to comment. He has requested a temporary order that seeks to keep Starz from showing the movie on Thursday and Friday, and the other defendants from distributing "Pittsburgh" until the scene is cut.