Summit Says Rachelle Lefevre Was Uncooperative

By: Celebuzz / July 30, 2009

Summit Entertainment has fired the latest volley in the brouhaha over Rachelle Lefevre‘s ousting from the Twilight sequel Eclipse.

E! Online reports that the company claims Lefevre—who was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of Victoria on Tuesday—displayed a “lack of cooperative spirit” with the company.

In its initial statement on Lefevre’s firing, Summit cited a scheduling conflict between Eclipse, which begins filming in August, and Barney’s Version, an independent project that Lefevre had signed on to act in.

“It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to Barney’s Version, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June,” a statement from Summit reads. “Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.”

On Wednesday, Lefevre announced that she was “stunned” and “greatly saddened” by Summit’s decision to let her go, saying that it was possible for her to participate in both movies.

“Never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap,” Lefevre said.

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Let us know in the comments section: Whose side do you fall on with this issue, Summit’s or Lefevre’s?