Sunday’s TBS Superstation movie, “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story,” pleased few of the nation’s TV critics, but there was one disapproving voice much louder than the others: that of rock star Jackson Browne.
The Associated Press reports that Browne, 54, is demanding that the cable network not rebroadcast the film until scenes depicting him — which he claims are defamatory — are deleted. (TBS, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner.)
The movie, based on a biography by author Christopher Anderson, show Kennedy rescuing actress Daryl Hannah (“Splash”) after Browne allegedly beat her up.
Hannah dated both Browne and Kennedy (who died at age 38 in a July 1999 plane crash).
Following Sunday’s premiere of the film, Brown’s publicist, Michael Jensen, issued the following statement: “Mr. Browne has never assaulted Daryl Hannah.”
Further, Jensen said, “Ms. Hannah never filed a police report claiming such an assault, and Mr. Browne was never arrested for or charged with such an assault.” Browne’s attorney, Lawrence Iser, has demanded that TBS preempt future broadcasts of the movie until the “false and defamatory” scenes are cut.
TBS said in a statement that “Superstation Inc. acknowledges receipt of a letter on Jackson Browne’s behalf. FOX Television Studios Inc., the producer of the movie, assures us that it stands by the accuracy of the movie.”