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Filming Begins For The Gabby Petito Movie

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Just months on from her tragic murder, a film about the death of Gabby Petito, has began shooting in Utah.

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It all started back in September 2021 when Gabby Petito’s parents held a press conference asking for help to find their missing daughter…

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Soon after, Brian’s family issued a counter-statement via their lawyer: “This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.”

It even gave false hope to Gabby’s family and said: “It is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful,” despite knowing their son killed his fiancé, on a trip she had described as a “dream.”

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But the first hearing held on 22 June revealed how Brian’s parents failed to turn up, fueling rumors of an obvious conspiracy…

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The lawsuit stated that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie knew the whereabouts of Gabby’s body during the time when authorities poured resources into a massive missing person investigation, PEOPLE reports.

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If that wasn’t an obvious sign of guilt and transparency from the Laundries, Gabby’s parents took a large amount in damages…

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Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt reportedly took more than $30,000 in damages, mainly for the “mental anguish” the couple suffered from the alleged deceit of the Laundries.

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In what was a shocking turn of events, the March filing alleged that Brian’s parents indeed helped him to conceal Gabby’s murder.

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The lawsuit said that instead of helping Joseph and Nichole locate their daughter, Brian’s parents “went on vacation with Brian, ignoring all pleas for help from Gabby’s family.”

But that’s not all, Roberta had blocked Nichole’s phone number and Facebook profile in September to avoid contact — and was even making plans for Brian to leave the country.

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Eventually, when Gabby’s body was found in September 2021, it had been revealed that the 22-year old had been killed by homicidal strangulation…

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Although, Gabby’s lawyers have slammed the Laundrie’s misleading statement, which gave false hope to the grieving parents, the judge in court raised a particularly interesting question amidst the ongoing trial.

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But it turns out, the $30,000 in damages was not just for the “mental anguish” the Laundries caused…

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The lawyer for Gabby’s parents said they were “seeking damages for [the Laundries] conduct,” and said Brian’s parents caused Gabby’s family pain and suffering by not disclosing vital information.

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“The Laundries should be responsible for their conduct and what they did after they knew that Gabby was dead and where her body was located,” said attorney Patrick Reilly.

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Arguing back, Laundries’ lawyers said: “Everybody has the right to their private enclave” and even added people “don’t have to come and affirmatively state everything they know about everything.” 

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“My argument is that even if Brian Laundrie conveys information to his parents, that they don’t have a requirement then to speak with regard to that information.

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“They don’t have to share it,” said the attorney.

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But during the recent hearing, Gabby’s lawyer accused the Laundries of knowing where Gabby’s body was located and said it was “beyond outrageous” to offer false hope to the grieving parents…

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“They knew where her body was located and they had the audacity to express a hope that she would be reunited with her family,” said Gabby’s lawyers, Too Fab reports.

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Gabby’s parents also had a face-off in court against Brian’s lawyers, as his parents failed to show up…

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Both Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt attended the hearing.

While Nichole was seen crying in court, the grieving mother wore a necklace containing her daughter’s ashes. Brian Laundrie’s parents, however, did not show up, but according to Too Fab, they weren’t legally required to attend, as lawyers spoke on their behalf.

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“Aren’t we responsible for the words that we say, when we say them?” asked the judge.

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The judge even made similar comparisons to the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial, and said: “Johnny Depp just got found civilly liable for defamation for what his attorney said, right?”

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While the Laundries lawyer agreed with the judge, he also repeatedly stated that the attorney who released the statement “isn’t being accused of anything” adding it’s unclear at this point what “he knew at the time” it was given to the press.

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The judge said he’ll have a final decision on the lawsuit within 2 weeks. However, the Laundries are trying to get the case thrown out.

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Brian Laundrie’s notebook was found beside his body.

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VENICE, FL – SEPTEMBER 21: A general view of the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve as the FBI along with the North Port Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies continue their search for Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing on September 21, 2021 in Venice, Florida. A body has been found by authorities in Wyoming that fits the description of Petito, who went missing while on a cross country trip with Laundrie. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

And just days ago, extracts from the notebook were revealed to the public.

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In the notebook he admits killing Petito.

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NORTH PORT, FL – SEPTEMBER 16: Tara Petito (L) and Joe Petito react while the City of North Port Chief of Police Todd Garrison speaks during a news conference for their missing daughter Gabby Petito on September 16, 2021 in North Port, Florida. Gabby Petito went missing while on a cross country trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie and has not been seen or heard from since late August. Police said no criminality is suspected at this time but her fiance, Brian Laundrie, has refused to speak with law enforcement. Laundrie has be identified as a person of interest but investigators are solely focused on finding Petito. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Laundrie wrote:

“I ended her life. I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock. But from the moment I decided I took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”

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In a confession note, Laundrie claimed that Petito had been injured after falling into a creek, writing:

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NORTH PORT, FL – SEPTEMBER 20: An FBI agent walks in the driveway of the family home of Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing on September 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida. A body has been found by authorities in Wyoming that fits the description of Petito, who went missing while on a cross country trip with Laundrie. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

“I found her breathing heavily, gasping my name, she was freezing cold. I carried her as far as I could down the stream towards the car, stumbling exhausted in shock, when my knees buckled and knew I couldn’t safely carry her. I started a fire and spooned her as close to the heat, she was so thin, had already been freezing too long. I couldn’t at the time realize that I should’ve started a fire first but I wanted her out of the cold back to the car.”

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Laundrie claimed that she was ‘gasping in pain, begging for an end to her pain’.

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HOLBROOK, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: A mourners carrying a sign dedicated to Gabby Petito gather at a funeral home to pay respects to Gabby Petito on September 26, 2021 in Holbrook, New York. As the search continues into a second week in Florida to find Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest, the family of Gabby Petito holds a public funeral in her hometown of Long Island. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

That’s why Laundrie says he decided to take Petito’s life…

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And now, just months on from the tragic killing, a film is being made about the events.

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The Gabby Petito Story, which follows the real life tragedy that shocked the world to its core last year, is being directed by Thora Birch who also stars in the film.

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The movie has began filming.

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MORAN, WY – SEPTEMBER 19: A sign leads the way to Spread Creek Campground on September 19, 2021 near Moran, Wyoming. Law enforcement searching the area for missing person Gabby Petito found an unidentified body on Sunday. Petito went missing while on a cross-country trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie. She has not been seen or heard from since late August. Police said no criminality is suspected at this time but Laundrie has refused to speak with law enforcement. Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

Photos and videos of the actors who play Petito and Laundrie emerged online as the duo were acting out a tense argument scene.

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The movie is set to premiere on Lifetime later this year.

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NORTH PORT, FL – SEPTEMBER 20: Members of the media are lined up near the home of Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing on September 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida. A body has been found by authorities in Wyoming that fits the description of Petito, who went missing while on a cross country trip with Laundrie. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

With filming expected to continue in Utah over the coming months.

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