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Ventriloquist Fights Back -- I'm No One's Dummy

9/3/2009 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jeff DunhamPopular ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham is firing back at the documentary filmmakers that sued him last week, claiming he was merely used as a puppet in their scheme to make millions off his name.

Jeff claims in 2007 he agreed to participate in a documentary about the "art of ventriloquism" being made by a company called Montivagus Productions -- but only under certain conditions.

One of those conditions: Montivagus must not market the movie as a "Jeff Dunham project" -- instead market it for what it was ... a documentary about a number of different ventriloquists.

In the lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Jeff claims despite their agreement, Montivagus has been "falsely advertising this documentary as a Jeff Dunham DVD" to "mislead the public and reap millions of dollars by capitalizing on Mr. Dunham's fame and popularity."

Jeff -- who claims Montivagus also violated a number of other conditions of his contract -- is suing for fraud and breach of contract, to name a few.

In the suit, it says "any damages awarded to him in this lawsuit will be donated to charity."


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Oh Jeff Fa-Fa, I heard Walter called Montivagus a DUMB-ASS , Is that true

1840 days ago



More proof that this country is going downhill. Laughing at Jeff until you cry shows how simple minded 'we' have become. His jokes are for children, however, my 15 month old can't stand him.

1839 days ago

Brandi B.    

Jeff is so sweet to donate the money to charity :)
i also think he is very funny, and the only comedian i actually like. hes alos the only 5O year old guy i think is attractive, and im 13. Lol. hes doing the right thing by sueing them. FALSE ADVERTISING IS WRONG. :D

954 days ago
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