London: Bono “severely hampered” the progress of the 75-million-dollar Broadway production ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’, according to the show’s sacked director Julie Taymor.
She even claimed that he once turned up drunk to an urgent meeting.
These allegations are the latest chapter in a legal dispute that has been ongoing since Bono, 51, and the show’s producers fired Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor in a disagreement over her creative vision last March.
Court documents filed by Taymor in US District Court in New York allege that Bono and fellow U2 band member The Edge - who scored the musical together – “severely hampered” the show’s progress at a time when its future was on the line.
Partly using private emails written by the show’s principals, Taymor’s court filing also alleges that the pair were “frequently distracted” from their duties - in Bono’s case, she claimed, by alcohol and supermodels including Christy Turlington on one occasion.
In an email composed by Taymor’s writing partner, Glen Berger, it’s claimed that on January 13 last year, with ‘Spider-Man’ undergoing urgent rewrites just weeks before opening day, a meeting aimed at addressing the problems had to be cancelled because Bono arrived drunk.
“He showed up in our room with Christy Turlington and a couple other supermodels and he had already had a few beers, rendering him useless,” the Daily Mail quoted the email as saying.
“So the producers postponed the meeting till the next afternoon - but that meeting never happened,” it added.
Bono and his wife, Alison Stewart, 50, are longstanding friends of Ms Turlington, 43.
Taymor also claims that Bono and The Edge were largely absent from the show’s crucial developmental stages, delivered unsuitable music and lyrics and conspired with producers to oust her.
“Bono’s and Edge’s absences caused them to miss all of the musical’s rehearsals, most of the technical rehearsals and the entire first month of preview performances - all at great cost to the timely improvements to the musical that all agreed needed to be made,” court papers said.