Ed warren và lorraine warren

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A legal spat reveals the real-life demonologists in the $1.2 billion-grossing horror movies may not have been nearly as pious as they"re portrayed.




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It appears that top studio executives were made aware just weeks after the first film opened in 2013 of allegations that, in the early 1960s, Ed Warren initiated a relationship with an underage girl with Lorraine’s knowledge. Now in her 70s, Judith Penney has said in a sworn declaration that she lived in the Warrens’ house as Ed’s lover for four decades. It is unclear whether Warner Bros. took any action in response khổng lồ these allegations, but the sequel continued lớn portray them as a happy couple in a conventional marriage.

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Warners declined to lớn bình luận, but an attorney for the studio has asserted in court papers that a disgruntled author & a producer suing the studio over profits from the franchise are pushing the story of the Warrens’ personal lives as part of a vendetta. Ed Warren died in 2006, & Lorraine Warren’s attorney, Gary Barkin, says the family has no knowledge of the alleged conduct and his client, now 90, is in declining health và unable lớn respond khổng lồ the allegations.

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Legal experts say that Warners và New Line did not necessarily do anything wrong by allowing so heavily a fictionalized portrayal of the Warrens’ relationship. (At the over of each film, Warners includes a standard disclaimer reading, “Dialogue and certain events và characters contained in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization.”) “I vày think the public understands that ‘based on’ means that some liberties with storytelling have been taken,” says attorney Lincoln Bandlow, who specializes in legal clearance for productions. “It’s a less enjoyable film if the ghost hunters are a bunch of assholes no one likes. You have sầu to have sầu your protagonists be likable.” He adds that because these films are ghost stories & not strictly historical, audiences are even more likely lớn expect fictionalization: “There’s a giant sense of ‘Take some of this with a big grain of salt’ to lớn this whole project.”