You would think Drew Peterson would be flattered to have Rob Lowe portray him on TV. Lawyers for the suspected wife killer have sent Lifetime a cease and desist letter asking them to shut down the TV movie currently in production, which stars Lowe as Peterson. Peterson, who is in prison awaiting trial, has been charged with the death of his third wife after the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife. The movie, tentative titled The Drew Peterson Story aka Ladykiller, explores the two cases and any possible connections between them. It was written by Teena Booth based on the nonfiction book Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Drew Peterson by Joseph Hosey, a reporter with the Chicago area’s Herald News who has followed the cases closely. In the letter, Peterson’s lawyers call the book “a biased and malicious portrayal” and “a deliberate and calculated assemblage of falsehoods constituting a character assassination.” Lifetime wouldn’t comment on the letter. The network found itself in a similar position earlier this year when lawyers for Amanda Knox demanded that Lifetime kill its upcoming movie about the convicted killer. The network went ahead and aired the film, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, as scheduled.
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