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Ving Rhames to Producer: Do I Look Like a Bitch?

2/20/2010 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ving Rhames to Producer: Do I Look Like a Bitch?Ving Rhames claims he was stiffed by the producer of a movie he just filmed -- but luckily for him, a ball gag and a gimp had nothing to do with it.

Ving claims in a new lawsuit that he was promised $200,000 for six days of work on the movie "Red Canvas" -- but was only paid $175,000.

In the lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Ving claims a "stop payment" was put on the final $25,000 check.

Ving claims the movie's writer/director/producer Kenneth Chamitoff promised he'd get the dough by January 25 .... but nothing.

Ving is suing Kenneth and Red Canvas Productions for the $25,000 plus $200,000 for fraud and breach of contract.


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My Man indeedy....

1708 days ago



1708 days ago


...after he skipped out on the last day of shooting.

1708 days ago


Cool guy.

1708 days ago


This is a tight budget independent film that Ken Chamitoff and others have been working for years to bring to the screen. When it is releaased it will be a great film. Mr. Rhames was brought in for six days of shooting for $200K. By all counts he was very professional and good to work with. That is until he decided to skip out on the last day of shooting causing rewrites and added shooting expenses. Mr. Rhames breached his contract and owes the producers money.

1708 days ago


To the extent the producers breached the contract, Rhames would have a claim for the $25K. But there is no theory of recovery, fraud or otherwise, that is going to get him an additional $200K. And good luck proving a fraud claim, Ving. Not gonna happen.

1708 days ago

Hollywoods MstWntd    

Yup, you look and act like a bitch. You make a promise - fulfill it.

1708 days ago


LOL. Oh how I love this. I was there. He walked off after 5 days. Too bad. It's gonna be a great movie. His loss. Playing the "white man" owes me more. He got paid the work he did. Let court decide.

1708 days ago


HELL NO!!!!!!! But you played a good one.

1707 days ago

Professor Obvious    

This is the same idiot whose dogs attacked and killed his gardner on his property. There was such a big cover up regarding this that people seem to have forgotten. He failed to show for the final day of filming, so they stopped payment, it's that simple. This guy is a one trick pony, like Chevy Chase, he plays the same character over and over and over again. He is *so* not worth what they pay him.

1707 days ago

Lisa Gallant    

Who knows what really happened,only he does.

1549 days ago


You all have some pretty scathing words for Ving Rhames, however, I have first hand experience with the owners of Red Canvas Productions consistently not paying employees and expecting people to work for free. Just because your an indy film company with a bad product doesn't mean you can bad mouth and short the people that were good enough to work with you. I hope Ving wins and Chamitoff Productions, Inc. as well as Red Canvas Productions get whats coming to them. Its Kharma guys, what comes around goes around.

1347 days ago


This issue was settled with Ving out of court. Red Canvas continue to make good on its promises as fast as it can. Having a major star leave the set prior to filming his key scenes is what caused the production to spin way over budget and get caught financially in this predicament. But the producers are making good of all debts, and they appreciate the crew and their patience.

1317 days ago

Lisa Gallant    

I feel they should leave Ving alone-let him deal with it-He works hard for his pay-just let him be.

821 days ago

Lisa Gallant    

There willalways be people out ther to take advantage of someone who works hard for their money-I back up Ving Rhames-we've all been there.

821 days ago
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