By Leah Greenblatt
Updated May 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Yesterday in Santa Monica, a producer who collaborated with Farrah Fawcett on Farrah’s Story, a documentary of the 62-year-old star’s battle with cancer set to air on NBC this Friday, filed a lawsuit against Ryan O’Neal and others, seeking to regain creative control of the project and asking for unspecified damages. TMZ was first to report the suit.

According to the Associated Press, producer Craig Nevius does not name Fawcett as a defendant in the suit or ask that the show be blocked from airing, but it does claim that Fawcett’s longtime companion, O’Neal, his business manager, and Fawcett’s friend Alana Stewart interfered with his role as producer, and that O’Neal physically threatened him. When reached via e-mail, Nevius told EW, “My intent today is the same as it has been since I first started working with Farrah in 2004: to execute her artistic vision in projects that are a reflection of her while at the same time maintaining and protecting her personal privacy to the extent of her expressed wishes and desires. There is no joy in this for me. There is no ego in this for me. This is not about money. This is about Farrah and the trust she placed in me. She’s my friend.”

Paul Bloch, a representative for Stewart and O’Neal, told EW today, “We hope and we pray that Farrah doesn’t hear or see of this lawsuit. We didn’t expect this at all, we didn’t get any warning — it’s very sad. We saw the show last night [at a premiere in Beverly Hills, attended by O’Neal, Stewart, and other famous friends] in its entirety and it’s beautiful. It’s amazing how Alana [Stewart] shot this show, she’s the filmographer, and she and Ryan [O’Neal] have been just pivotal here.”

When asked whether he believed Nevius’ claims against Stewart and O’Neal, Bloch replied, “No, no. [Stewart and O’Neal] are her best friends, believe me.” (Additional reporting by Mike Bruno)