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Bradley Cooper on ‘A Star Is Born’ Producer’s Sexual Harassment Charges: ‘I Should Have Checked’

Jon Peters produced the 1976 version of the film, so Cooper "had to get consent" to remake it.

US director and actor Bradley Cooper poses during a photocall for 'A star is born' at the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, 31 August 2018. The movie is presented out of competition at the festival running from 29 August to 08 September.75th Venice International Film Festival, Italy - 31 Aug 2018

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Bradley Cooper has addressed the sexual-harassment accusations against “A Star Is Born” producer Jon Peters, emphasizing in an NPR interview that he “had to get consent” from him in order to make the film and that Peters had little direct involvement with the production. Peters originally produced the 1976 version of the oft-remade musical, which starred Barba Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and Cooper says his involvement was a “grandfather clause of the movie.”

Peters has been accused of sexually harassing several women between 1996 and 2008. “Luckily, Jon wasn’t there [on set]. And if I had known all those things, I would have done it differently,” Cooper says. “I wanted to make the movie, I knew I had to get consent from him, otherwise there’s no film. But I should have checked. I guess that’s the thing.”

Peters is listed second among the film’s producers, after Bill Gerber but before Cooper himself, Todd Phillips, and Lynette Howell Taylor. Per Variety, a spokesperson from the Producers Guild of America has said that Peters isn’t part of the film’s certified producing team and, should it receive a Best Picture nod, he will not be among the producers up for the award.

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