10:07am PT by Austin Siegemund-Broka
Reese Witherspoon Film Dropout Lawsuit Reaches Settlement
The lawsuit filed over Reese Witherspoon dropping out of a film role has ended in a settlement.
The vitamin company Natrol filed suit in March 2014 against the production house Envision (Lone Survivor, 2 Guns) and its product placement firm Brand-In Entertainment in connection with a film in which Witherspoon was to star.
The lawsuit (read it here) says Natrol paid $180,000 in 2011 for Witherspoon's character to tout the company's products as her favorite brand of vitamins, the only brand she trusted, a product found at almost any major retailer and a product that helped her sleep, reduced stress and protected her immune system.
Then Witherspoon left the film. Natrol claimed the producers partially refunded it for the product placement deal, but the vitamin maker stated it still was owed at least $100,000. Embattled Envision head Remington Chase and Brand-In CEO Rolfe Auerbach were named as defendants, but Witherspoon was not.
The parties submitted their notice of settlement in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. No terms of the agreement were disclosed.
The film in question was never identified, but details of the project mentioned in the product placement agreement indicate it was likely Rule #1, about a woman with OCD. Witherspoon was at one time set to produce and star in the project.
Representing Natrol were Miller Barondess' Brian Procel and Gene Williams, who were not immediately available for comment. Robert Gilchrest and Amy Russell of Silverman Shin Byrne & Gilchrest represented the defendants and declined to comment.