Lifetime Wins Legal Battle to Air Chris Porco Movie

by | March 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM | TV News

"Romeo Killer: The Christopher Porco Story" (Photo: Lifetime)

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Rejoice, crime-biopic fans; Lifetime will “Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story” this Saturday after all.

After being slapped with an injunction by a New York judge on Tuesday, mere days before its premiere date, Lifetime won an appeal in New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, to premiere the film Saturday at 8 p.m., as originally intended.

New York Supreme Court judge Robert Muller handed down the injunction after Porco — the subject of the movie, who was convicted in 2006 of murdering his father and maiming his mother — claimed that the movie uses a “substantially fictionalized account … about plaintiff and the events that led to his incarceration,” and uses his name for “purposes of trade,” in violation of New York Civil Rights Law section 51.

According to papers filed by Lifetime’s legal team on Wednesday, Porco had neither seen the film or read its script.

Lifetime’s legal team protested Muller’s decision, calling it a “classic prior restraint that violates the First Amendment” and contains “multiple errors of law.” Lifetime’s lawyers further asserted that “the details of the crimes, the criminal investigation, and the conviction of Porco as presented in the movie are all factually correct and well-documented.”

“Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story” stars “Hatfields & McCoys” actor Matt Barr as Porco. The cast also includes “Will & Grace” alum Eric McCormack and Lolita Davidovich of “Gods and Monsters.”

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