Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is involved in a lawsuit that was originally about money he allegedly owed to his former manager. It’s evolved, however, into something a whole lot bigger and more complicated, and it may point to immigration fraud in Hollywood. Yikes.
Coster-Waldau is a Danish actor who has played Jaime Lannister since the beginning of the hit HBO series. He’s been involved in a dispute with his former manager, Jill Littman, who claims he owes her commissions from after he fired her because she says she and Coster-Waldau have a verbal agreement that even though she is no longer his manager, she’s still entitled to some earnings from his Game of Thrones contract. Coster-Waldau filed a lawsuit against Littman to contest this, saying he owes her nothing since he fired her.
To fight the lawsuit, Littman provided the courts with a signed agreement that was part of Coster-Waldau’s visa application, which has an arbitration clause — basically, it says he can’t sue her without first attempting private arbitration. Coster-Waldau is refusing to arbitrate, and his lawyer called the document a “sham” that only existed to secure a visa for Coster-Waldau to work in the U.S.
This is where things get really dicey. That document was signed by both Littman and Coster-Waldau. It’s a felony for someone to submit false documents in a visa application, so if Coster-Waldau is actually trying to prove the document isn’t legally binding, he may be implicating himself in an immigration fraud case. His lawyer states that if anyone committed immigration fraud, it was Littman, who sponsored Coster-Waldau’s visa.
This case still has a lot of unanswered questions, but there’s one thing that seems sure: This is serious.