The lawsuit between Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the 47-year-old Danish actor who plays Ser Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and his ex-manager Jill Littman, reads pretty much like your run-of-the-mill Hollywood dispute over money…except for one major detail.
Basically, Littman is alleging that Coster-Waldau owes her commission from after he fired her, and the dispute has now gone to arbitration, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But that’s not the interesting part: Littman has now come forward with a contract of sorts that says her agency, Impression Entertainment sponsored the actor’s O-1 visa. However, Coster-Waldau’s attorney says that this contract from 2011 was basically a “sham,” and that his client was manipulated by been told it was just a formality for his visa application. That smells like fraud, fam.
According to Littman’s attorney, Coster-Waldau committed immigration fraud by signing false documents for a visa applications. However, the actor’s attorney insists that if anyone is to blame here, it’s Littman for getting him to sign it under dubious pretenses.
If all this seems a little much to you, you’re not alone. Even the L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney wasn’t prepared to make a decision on that aspect of the case. “There’s all this extraneous argument about whether someone is trying to defraud the immigration services, and, if they were, who was doing it? You know, I don’t think that’s necessarily an issue for this court,” he said at a Jan. 4 hearing. This is important, because if the judge were to decide that fraud was at play here, it would render Coster-Waldau nullify the contract with his manager null. Regardless, the case continues.