Michael Moore sues Weinstein brothers over 'Fahrenheit 9/11' profits
Filmmaker Michael Moore filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles court today alleging Harvey and Bob Weinstein defrauded Moore from at least $2.7 million in profits from his 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11. The suit claims the Fellowship Adventure Group — the company the Weinstein brothers formed specifically to release Moore’s white-hot button documentary, in partnership with Lionsgate and IFC Films — and Moore agreed to a 50/50 split of the profits from the film, but the Fellowship Adventure Group “failed and refused to share equally in the fruits of the venture as the partners agreed.” (Fahrenheit 9/11 brought in $222.4 million in worldwide box office, and remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time.) The suit is also seeking punitive damages.
When reached by EW, Bert Fields, the lawyer for the Weinsteins, stated that Moore has received more than $20 million for Fahrenheit 9/11, and “he’s not entitled to another dime.” Fields also calls the lawsuit’s claims of accounting misconduct “absolute baloney.”