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Ashton Kutcher's latest reality project, which would focus on the California DMV, has been put to a screeching halt and a lawsuit has been issued.
According to E! News, Kutcher, along with his company Katalyst Media, is suing the California DMV for dropping out of the deal. According to the lawsuit obtained by E!, the purpose of DMV was to “capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis at DMV's more than 170 offices across the State of California."
The DMV director, George Valverde, allegedly committed to the project on June 8, 2010, by working with Kutcher’s project team for the series, but six weeks ago issued a letter backing out. The letter to Katalyst producer, Jason Goldberg, states that they "simply declared that DMV no longer considered the series to be in its 'best interests' and would therefore 'not be moving forward on such a project'."
The DMV had agreed upon the filming of four half-hour episodes and its agreement with the production company could offer up to six seasons of filming, The Wrap reports.
E! notes that the company is seeking $1.4 million in “damages” and “pre-production work” that has already been carried out.
The DMV has not commented on the lawsuit as of yet.