Will George Holliday’s notorious videotape of the Rodney King beating appear in the beginning of Spike Lee’s upcoming Malcolm X?
It’s possible, but even Holliday isn’t sure. Holliday’s former agent, Stan Martin, has said that a $25,000 check from Lee — part of a total of $50,000 — was deposited in Holliday’s trust account in late June. But Holliday, a plumber, says, ”I haven’t heard of anything about a deal being closed. I haven’t received any money. I’ve told (Martin and lawyer James Jordan) they’re not taking care of my stuff anymore.” Holliday’s current lawyer, Ronald Grigg, confirms that Lee’s representative contacted him about rights to use the video in Malcolm X. But, he says, ”It is not a done deal and no money has been received. I have talked repeatedly to Spike Lee’s lawyer, and we agreed it was premature to talk about it.” Lee concurs. ”I really can’t talk about (negotiations with Grigg),” he says. ”Let’s just see what happens when the movie comes out in the fall. I have all kinds of tricks up my sleeve.”
Grigg and Holliday add that any money from Lee will go into a not-for- profit corporation to rebuild Los Angeles. ”Lee’s representatives,” says the lawyer, ”liked the idea that their money would be used as a donation rather than bucks in somebody’s pocket.”