Fantasia has received an apology from the producers of the upcoming Mahalia Jackson biopic after unauthorized comments blaming her pregnancy for the pushback in production were made by the film’s “financing broker.”
A man named Adrian Taylor was listed as the film’s “executive producer” and told the NY Post that producers were “furious” with Fanny for not telling them about her unexpected pregnancy until she was four months in. He also said that they believed Fanny would “sully” Mahalia’s name because she was having a baby out of wedlock.
However, reps for the film are claiming Taylor’s comments were “not authorized” and have said sorry to Fantasia, according to EURweb. In a statement, they wrote:
“Double Dutch Productions, LLC. (DDP) extends apologies to Fantasia Barrino for the inaccurate, non-factual and disparaging statements of Ms. Barrino’s reputation, character and image.”
About Taylor, the company has said:
“The comments made in the article by financing broker Adrian Taylor, were not authorized, approved or condoned by the producers of DDP. The information and comments expressed within this article regarding the project were solely those of Adrian Taylor. [He] is not an employee of this production company nor an active participant of any facet in the producing of this film. Taylor has been reprimanded on two previous occasions for speaking to the press about this project.”