Wendy Williams Guardian Files Lawsuit Against A&E Networks Ahead Of Doc Premiere

Wendy Williams’ guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, has taken legal action against A&E Television Networks, the parent company of Lifetime, just days before the scheduled premiere of Lifetime’s documentary “Where Is Wendy Williams?”

This move comes amidst escalating tensions surrounding the documentary’s release and allegations made within it.

The lawsuit, filed under seal in New York County Supreme Court, seeks injunction relief and a temporary restraining order to potentially halt the airing of the documentary. It alleges that the documentary’s portrayal of Wendy Williams’ life under guardianship is both unauthorized and potentially damaging.

A source familiar with the case suggests that the timing of the lawsuit indicates an attempt to prevent the documentary from being broadcast. However, Mark Ford, the executive producer of the documentary, asserts that all necessary permissions were obtained from Williams, her management, attorneys, and guardianship team.

“The film was signed off on by Wendy, her management, her attorneys, the guardianship,” Ford stated to PEOPLE. “They were aware of the filming all the way through.”

The documentary delves into Williams’ struggles with health issues, including Graves’ disease and lymphedema, as well as her battle with alcohol addiction. Williams herself claims in the documentary that her guardian has misappropriated funds, a claim disputed by filmmakers who say she provided no evidence.

Williams’ family has also been vocal about their concerns regarding her well-being and the guardianship arrangement. They allege a lack of transparency and communication, stating that her guardian is the only one with unrestricted access to her.

In addition to the personal challenges documented in the film, Williams has recently been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, conditions that have significantly impacted her life and led to her withdrawal from public appearances.

The documentary, set to air over two nights, promises a raw and unfiltered look at Williams’ life post-guardianship, shedding light on her vulnerabilities and struggles. It marks a rare public appearance for Williams, who has largely been out of the spotlight since her departure from her long-running daytime talk show.

As the legal battle unfolds, questions remain about the documentary’s future and its potential impact on Wendy Williams’ reputation and legacy. The outcome of the lawsuit will likely have far-reaching implications for both Williams and the network.