Drew Peterson trying to stop TV movie about him
Drew Peterson’s attorneys want to stop the filming of a made-for-TV movie starring Rob Lowe as the former Bolingbrook cop because, they argue, it will contaminate any potential jury pool and only serves as “character assassination.”
In a cease and desist letter sent Wednesday to Lowe and Lifetime Entertainment, among others, lawyers threatened legal action if work does not stop by 5 p.m. Friday.
Lawyers claim the movie, based on the non-fiction book “Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Drew Peterson” by former Joliet Herald-News reporter Joe Hosey, is an unauthorized use of Peterson’s name and persona and call Hosey’s work an “assemblage of falsehoods constituting a character assassination.”
The letter also calls for recipients to turn over all gross revenues attributable to unauthorized uses and to “proceed at your peril.”
“First and foremost we want to make sure Drew gets an unbiased jury pool,” said Peterson’s defense attorney, Joel Brodsky. “But even after the trial, if these people are making money from the use of his name, why shouldn’t Drew get some of that money? It’s his story.”
Meanwhile, the sight of Lowe, who reportedly spent nine hours in a makeup chair to look like Drew, has piqued the former cop’s curiosity.
“Drew asked me to get a picture of Rob Lowe made up to look like him,” Brodsky said. “So I sent him the picture. He just wanted to see it. He was curious.”
Peterson, who’s charged with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, has been locked up in Will County Jail for 27 months awaiting trial.