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Jenna Jameson, DuPage Theater Owner May End Legal Battle

Jenna Jameson retires from the adult film industry in 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Jenna Jameson retires from the adult film industry in 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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WHEATON, Ill. (CBS) — The ongoing legal drama involving porn star Jenna Jameson, and the owner of two Chicago area movie theaters, could be coming to an end.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, DuPage County Judge Patrick J. Leston on Thursday vacated a $50,000 breach of contract judgment against Jameson, filed by movie theater owner Ted E.C. Bulthaup III.

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Naperville attorney Paul D. Nordini, who is representing Jameson in the case, says the two sides are trying to resolve the dispute before it heads to trial.

Bulthaup owns the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville and Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge.

The adult film star two years ago had signed on to autograph her book, How To Make Love Like A Porn Star, and interact with fans at the theaters where her “Zombie Strippers” film was playing.

Jameson’s agent, prior to the event, sent a note saying she had a medical emergency and would not be able to attend.

Shortly thereafter, photos of her were posted on a blog that showed her attending a birthday party for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton the same night of the scheduled event.

Even though he said the two sides are trying to resolve the case, Nordini said he has asked Leston to disqualify Bulthaup’s legal team because of their alleged attempts to “extort and blackmail” Jameson.

Nordini said one of Bulthaup’s lawyers in April sent Jameson an e-mail “that essentially said they are disinterested in following the terms” of her contract with Bulthaup’s theaters or rescheduling her personal appearances there. They warned that Jameson would be sued unless she paid them $50,000 by May 4, Nordini said.

“This was an attempt to extort and blackmail money from her,” Nordini said of his client. “Her position is that she was never in breach of an agreement, and was engaged in trying to reschedule” her appearances, he said.

Nordini added he has informed DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan of the alleged extortion attempt.

Leston has continued the matter to Aug. 15.

The Naperville Sun contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.