By Erin Strecker
Updated August 24, 2012 at 05:36 PM EDT
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Reps for Martin Scorsese called the lawsuit filed against the director — which claims breach of written contract, intentional misrepresentation, and negligent misrepresentation around the filming of the movie Silence — a “meritless action” and believe it has “all the earmarks of a media stunt.”

Below is Scorsese’s full statement in response to the filing:

Cecchi Gori Pictures, a production company, says they entered into an agreement with Scorsese and his production company, Sikelia Productions Inc., in 1990 to direct Silence as his next feature-length movie after Kundun (1997). The Cecchi Gori Parties claim they’ve invested over $750,000 in the project, and have been paid “substantial compensation” from Scorsese in order to direct The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), and Hugo (2011) instead.

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