Ex-‘The Blacklist’ Ep Michael Watkins Sues Sony TV Over Alleged ‘Blackballing’ And Firing

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Ex-‘The Blacklist’ Ep Michael Watkins Sues Sony TV Over Alleged ‘Blackballing’ And Firing
A year after being suddenly cut loose from The Blacklist over alleged harassment of a crew member, the NBC series’ long-time director and executive producer Michael Watkins is aiming to give Sony TV, producers Woodbridge Productions and others a legal black eye.

The move comes in a breach of implied contract and failure to conduct investigation complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court by the TV vet. In the paperwork, attorneys for Watkins alleges he was fired and suffered “blackballing” as a result of “power-hungry” co-ep Laura Benson, also named as a defendant.

“In furtherance of the scheme, moreover, Defendants launched a smear campaign to justify Watkins’s unlawful termination under the guise of remedying physical harassment,” the jury trial demanding complaint says. “Blinded by their determination to oust Watkins, Defendants disregarded the truth and the substantial harm that would accrue to Watkins as a result of their illegal and brazen scheme.
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