Boss of Qatar-backed film studio resigns amid porn scandal

Images uploaded online allegedly showed Richard Nanula with an adult-film actress
In addition to resigning as chairman of Miramax, Nanula has also stepped down from Colony Capital.
By Staff writer
Mon 15 Jul 2013 04:26 PM

The chairman of one of Hollywood’s most high profile movie studios, in which Qatar is major investor, has resigned after images of him allegedly involved with an adult-film actress were posted online.

Renowned Hollywood player Richard Nanula, who was previously chief financial officer at The Walt Disney Co, has been forced to resign from his position as chairman of the Miramax Hollywood studio after images were printed on the website The Dirty of him allegedly with adult-film actress Samantha Saint.

Nanula was also a partner at investment firm Colony Capital, in which Qatar Holding is the largest investor, and he headed up Colony’s $663m acquisition of Miramax in 2010.

In addition to resigning as chairman of Miramax, Nanula has also stepped down from Colony, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).

The online photo scandal came just months after Nanula was embroiled in a sexual harassment suit brought against Colony by a former employee earlier this year.

In the lawsuit filed in the LA Superior Court on January 30, Colony temporary employee Stephanie Shaw claimed she was groped and sexually harassed by a male employee. Nanula was Shaw’s supervisor and she claimed when she went public with her complaint “he created a hostile work environment and is to blame for what she calls her wrongful termination,” the THR report said.

The New York Post also reported details of Nanula’s 2005 divorce from his ex wife in which she claimed he had spent as much $10,000 on prostitutes and had entered a rehabilitation clinic for sex addiction.

Thomas Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital, has been announced as the new chairman of Miramax, Colony said in a statement.

Miramax Films, the movie studio behind films such as Kill Bill, Shakespeare in Love and Chicago, was bought by a group of investors including Qatar Holding in 2010. The $663m sale by Disney included a range of minority investors, including the actor Rob Lowe.

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