May 20, 2011 3:08pm PT by THR Staff
Court Upholds $7 Million Judgment Against 'Real Housewives of New York' Star Sonja Morgan
The United States Court of Appeals has upheld a $7 million judgment against Real Housewife of New York star Sonja Morgan made by Hannibal Pictures and its owner Richard Rionda del Castro, which alleges she is personally liable for fraudulent conduct when a movie she agreed to fund, Fast Flash to Bang Time, was not made.
“With the confirmation by one of the highest Courts of our country, the masks are falling and there is no longer any doubt that we were defrauded and severely damaged. We are now going to collect to the fullest extent of the law,” says Rionda del Castro in a statement.
Morgan filed for bankruptcy in November, claiming the movie was never made because its planned star, John Travolta, needed "various conditions" that her company, Sonja Productions, couldn't provide.
Hannibal Pictures distributes three to six motion pictures a year with budgets between $10 million and $30 million. The latest are Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey, Big Bang starring Antonio Banderas, Son of No One starring Channing Tatum and Al Pacino and Things Fall Apart starring Curtis 50 cent Jackson and Mario Van Peebles.