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2 lawsuits filed against
Boys Don't Cry filmmaker
LINCOLN, Neb. — Two lawsuits have been
filed against the makers of the Academy
Award-nominated movie Boys Don't Cry,
which chronicles the 1993 slaying of a woman
who posed as a man in rural Nebraska.
A woman depicted in the movie accused
Fox Searchlight Pictures and others involved
in its production of slander in one lawsuit. The
other accuses Fox Searchlight of breaching a
contract for allegedly abandoning plans to
finance another movie on the Nebraska mur-
The killing of 21-year-old Teena Brandon in
a farmhouse near Humboldt outraged gay and
transexual activists and drew national atten-
Brandon, who went by the name Brandon
Teena, was killed by two men who wanted to
silence her after she told police they raped her
when they learned her true gender.
Lana Tisdel, a Falls City woman who dated
Brandon, asks for unspecified damages in the
slander suit filed in U.S. District Court in Los
Angeles. The lawsuit claims the movie makes
references to Tisdel as "lazy, white trash and a
The movie also falsely implies TisdeTs will-
ingness to engage in sexual favors in exchange
for alcohol, the lawsuit claimed.
The other lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles
County Superior Court, accuses Fox
Brandon Teena was killed by two men
who allegedly raped her after learning
her gender. Brandon was a teenage girl
who lived as a boy.
Searchlight Pictures of abandoning plans to
finance a movie on the case after learning Boys
Don't Cry was already in the works and it
could buy the rights to that film.
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Attorneys surprised exerution dote was set
LINCOLN, Neb. — Prosecutors were sur-
prised last Friday after learning that an exe-
cution date had been set without their
knowledge for one of two men convicted of
killing a cross-dressing woman and two wit-
The Nebraska Supreme Court set an
April 26 execution date for John L. Letter for
the 1993 triple murder, which was the sub-
ject of the critically acclaimed 1999 movie
Boi/s Don't Cry,
"We had not asked that an execution date
be set," said Assistant Attorney General J.
Brown said he had not asked for an exe-
cution date because Lotter has a post-convic-
tion hearing scheduled in May in Richardson
County District Court.
Lotter's attorney, jerry Soucie of Lincoln,
said he was surprised the court took the
action given that no request was made and
that other court action was pending. ▼
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 3, 2000, newspaper, March 3, 2000; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth615497/m1/19/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.