Amy Winehouse's Father Mitch 'Furious' Over Documentary, Threatens Lawsuit Against Asif Kapadia
We've been hearing a lot about the forthcoming Amy Winehouse documentary Amy: The Girl Behind The Name, but something that hasn't been brought to light: The vocalist's father Mitch Winehouse isn't a fan in the least. He's made statements now that suggest he and the family will bring a lawsuit against filmmaker Asif Kapadia after the film debuts at the Cannes Film Festival next week (from NME).
Mitch had the chance to watch the film and he didn't like what he saw. Most of his complaints surrounded the inclusion of Amy's notorious on-again, off-again boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil and claims that he made.
"Blake is saying in the film that the reason Amy was like that was because of me...not because he gave her crack and heroin and because he completely manipulated and coerced her into Class A drugs. If the real truth came out about Blake, he wouldn't be able to walk down the street so how they can allow him to make that claim about me is so hurtful and beyond belief," Mitch said. "Amy would have be furious. This is not what she would have wanted."
Although the last bit is purely conjecture, there's little doubt that Mitch may have a point when discussing Civil-Fielder's role in the whole affair. He claims that the film doesn't do enough to defend himself and the rest of the family against Civil-Fielder's claims. Although Mitch acknowledges that it's too late to stop the film from being disseminated, he plans on running the film by a legal team to see if there are grounds for a slander lawsuit.
There haven't been any formal reviews of the film yet but entertainment media as a whole described the initial trailer as "haunting."