Bradley Cooper Denies Knowledge of A Star Is Born Producer's Past

"I should have checked. I guess that’s the thing."

Bradley Cooper has responded to a report published last week detailing several lawsuits filed against one of the producers listed on his film A Star Is Born.

Last Tuesday Jezebel published the report which featured comments by several of the women who have sued producer Jon Peters for sexual harassment between 1996 to 2008. Many of the suits were settled out of court.

Since the report was released, the production was quick to distance itself from Peters, with Warner Bros releasing a statement claiming the producer's attachment to the film "goes back as far as 1976".

"Legally, we had to honour the contractual obligation in order to make this film," the brief statement continued.

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Peters was also listed as a producer on the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, which starred  Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, as well as The Colour Purple, FlashdanceMan of Steel and Rain Man.

Despite the distributor minimising Peters' role in the film, it's credited as being a "Jon Peters/Bill Gerber/Joint Effort Production". In 2017 Gerber told The Hollywood Reporter that Peters "could not have been more helpful" in dealing with the complicated deals required for the film to get off the ground.

In the same interview with THR, Peters referred to himself as "The Trump of Hollywood".

Starting his career as a hairdresser, Peters worked for Barbra Streisand before becoming her lover and living with her for several years, then working as a producer on A Star is Born.

"The Prince of Tides" Century City Premiere
Peters and Streisand attending a premiere together in 1991. Image: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.

Cooper, who co-wrote, directed and stars in A Star Is Born alongside Lady Gaga, told NPR's Morning Edition that Peters was credited as a producer due to a "grandfather clause", echoing Warner's statement.

Cooper's full comment reads:

"With this property, there are many writers that come before — if you see the end credits, it’s like, there’s 10 writers. And [Jon Peters] was part of the, I guess, the grandfather clause of the movie, and we had to get his consent in order to make the movie. When you’re at the helm, it’s a huge responsibility.

And I guess -- I mean, first of all, on the set ... you have to create an environment where everybody feels safe. Everybody. And there’s no room for disrespect, nothing. And that’s something that you’d have to ask everybody who was involved, but I feel like that’s the environment I created. Luckily, Jon wasn’t there. And if I had known all those things, I would have done it differently. And I guess it’s ... I wanted to make the movie, I knew I had to get consent from him, otherwise there’s no film.

But I should have checked. I guess that’s the thing."

The Producers Guild of America apparently confirmed that Peters did not receive a PGA mark on the film, which means they conceded he did not have heavy involvement in the actual making of the film. Still, Peters looks to profit from the film which has received glowing reviews from its early screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hairdresser and film producer Jon Peters
Peters was credited with bringing back caped crusaders onto the big screen, and has reaped benefits ever since. Image: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images.

This wouldn't be the first time Peters would be set to make bank on a project he allegedly had very little to do with, despite making a combined $80-85 million from Superman Returns and Man of Steel, Peters was banned from the set of the latter.

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Peters was set to continue to rake in profits due to similar "grandfather clauses" surrounding Warner properties featuring Superman and Batman, however, when the studio planned to release Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice they reportedly struck a deal with him. In order to cut Peters from the credits, Warner agreed to let him work on passion projects like the upcoming remake of A Star Is Born.

Read the full report from Jezebel here.

Featured image: Getty.