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The debut film project of Jeff Bezos‘s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez has been mired in chaos amid reports she enjoyed a ‘lavish’ trailer and asked to land her helicopter on set while several crew members quit.

Sanchez, 53, self-financed the $2million psychological thriller ‘The Golden Door’ which was shot last summer and will feature a two-line cameo from Bezos’s teenage daughter – whom he adopted with ex-wife MacKenzie Scott.

But sources say the filming of the movie – details of which have been kept under tight wraps until now – was ‘chaotic’ and filled with drama.

Those close to Sanchez have since hit back claiming she is the victim of ‘sexism.’ 

Sanchez has been in a relationship with Bezos, the world’s richest man, since 2019. News of their romance broke following his split from then-wife MacKenzie Scott – dubbed the ‘world’s biggest divorce.’

Jeff Bezos's girlfriend Lauren Sanchez has been accused of presiding over a 'chaotic' film set for her debut movie The Golden Door

Jeff Bezos’s girlfriend Lauren Sanchez has been accused of presiding over a ‘chaotic’ film set for her debut movie The Golden Door

Sanchez is a former journalist who now owns her own aerial filming company Black Ops Aviation

Sources on set labelled her 'inexperienced'

Sanchez is a former journalist who now owns her own aerial filming company Black Ops Aviation

Sanchez was formerly a TV journalist before turning her attention to her aerial filming company Black Ops Aviation. 

Little was known about her latest project – produced by her company Adventure & Fellowship – until rumors of feuds and chaos on set broke last night. 

Within the first three weeks of filming last summer, the director of photographer and assistant director both left the project citing creative differences, Page Six reports. 

Meanwhile director Kellie Madison reportedly exited after handing in her final cut in November. 

A source told Puck News that Sanchez and Bezos showed up on set frequently, adding she was an ‘unwelcome’ presence due to her diva-esque demands. 

‘Suffice to say Sanchez didn’t make many friends by maintaining a relatively lavish trailer while others were sweltering,’ reads the Puck report.

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‘And by asking if she could land her private helicopter on the set while the cast and crew were worried about basic safety protocols and the craft services was apparently inedible.’

Bezos is pictured with his family at a Star Trek premier in July 2016

Bezos is pictured with his family at a Star Trek premier in July 2016 

The Puck reporter also said he interviewed Sanchez in 2017, calling her ‘a piece of work in the over-the-top Beverly Hills striver sense of the phrase.’

Other crew members labelled Sanchez ‘inexperienced’ – but sources known to the star have hit back at the criticism. 

They noted her experience making documentaries, including a short film about William Shatner’s trip to space on a Blue Origin rocket owned by Bezos. 

 ‘Lauren’s worked with Christopher Nolan and Catherine Hardwicke, she’s hardly inexperienced,’ one told Page Six.

‘Of course, Lauren was going to ask to use her helicopter to film aerial shots. She was involved – she even brought her own jewelry for the actors to wear on film. 

‘As for the lavish trailer, it was a 30 ft. Star Waggon, one-room trailer she shared with all producers. 

‘It’s just sexist; Lauren has been producing for a long time, just not in feature films. She’s a Latin woman who funded a movie with all females, which is no mean feat.’  

The source did however admit there were ‘issues’ on set, adding it was ‘a little chaotic.’

‘It’s a $2 million budget movie and there were a bunch of newbies on set, new producers and semi-new directors. There was definitely more drama on set than Lauren is used to,’ they said.

The film was shot in Topanga, California, over a 20-day shoot last summer. 

The film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke and Daniella Kertesz

The film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke and Daniella Kertesz

The film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke, left, and Daniella Kertesz, right. I was shot in Topanga, California, over a 20-day shoot and was produced by Sanchez’s company Adventure & Fellowship

Despite rumors of feuds on-set Echikunwoke and Sanchez were reportedly spotted chatting amicably at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party last week. Echikunwoke is pictured at the event

Despite rumors of feuds on-set Echikunwoke and Sanchez were reportedly spotted chatting amicably at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party last week. Echikunwoke is pictured at the event

It stars Chris Rock’s ex-girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke and Daniella Kertesz, famed for her role in World War Z. 

Echinkunwoke has appeared in CSI Miami, Law and Order and 90210. She has made no reference to her involvement in the project on her Instagram account. 

Despite rumors of feuds on-set she and Sanchez were reportedly spotted chatting amicably at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party last week.

Instead on-set fighting seemed to occur between the off-screen crew. 

A production insider told Page Six that the director of photographer was forced to leave in their first week of production because he ‘wasn’t feeling the creative vibe of the director.’

In week three the assistant director also left and both were replaced. 

Meanwhile director Madison was said to have exited the project after handing in her final cut in November.  

It left Sanchez to find a new director to finish and recut the film, Page Six reports. 

Madison has not spoken publicly about her involvement in the project. 

Bezos’s teenage daughter was also said to be an intern on set and was even given a small role.

Bezos, 59, shares three sons with his ex-wife MacKenzie Scott while they adopted their daughter from China.   

They have managed to keep their lives mostly private, with the young girl’s name still unknown. 

The Amazon CEO announced his split from Scott in April 2019 after 25 years of marriage.

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In the settlement, Scott became the world’s richest woman after being handed a four percent stake in Amazon worth $35.8 billion. 

At the time Bezos shared a statement calling MacKenzie as an ‘extraordinary partner, ally, and mother.’ 

Insiders said Sanchez asked to land her helicopter on set and enjoyed a 'lavish trailer'

Insiders said Sanchez asked to land her helicopter on set and enjoyed a ‘lavish trailer’

Jeff and MacKenzie announced their split after 25 years of marriage in April 2019. Some outlets dubbed it the 'world's biggest divorce'

Jeff and MacKenzie announced their split after 25 years of marriage in April 2019. Some outlets dubbed it the ‘world’s biggest divorce’

Their divorce followed news of Bezos' affair with Sanchez.  Sanchez pictured center, her then-husband Patrick Whitesell left, and Bezos right in 2016

Their divorce followed news of Bezos’ affair with Sanchez.  Sanchez pictured center, her then-husband Patrick Whitesell left, and Bezos right in 2016

MacKenzie Scott, 52, has since married and divorced chemistry teacher Dan Jewett who worked at her children's school. The couple are pictured together

MacKenzie Scott, 52, has since married and divorced chemistry teacher Dan Jewett who worked at her children’s school. The couple are pictured together 

But soon afterwards he was rocked by allegations he had enjoyed an eight-month affair with Sanchez, who was then married to her talent manager Patrick Whitesell. 

The National Enquirer magazine had spent eight months investigating the affair, with reporters trailing them ‘across five states and 40,000 miles as they enjoyed private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways and  intimate dinner dates.

It was alleged at the time Bezos only announced his divorce after he was informed about the publication of the Enquirer story. 

Scott has since been married and divorced again to chemistry teacher Dan Jewett who worked at her children’s school. 

The two married in March 2021, two years after Bezos’s affair was exposed. 

Scott filed for the divorce from Jewett last September but despite the pre-nup it is not yet known how her $37.5 million Seattle mansion will be divided between them. 

Dailymail.com reached out to representatives for Sanchez, Bezos and Madison. 

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