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Michael Moore to Harvey Weinstein: You Screwed Me!

2/7/2011 3:42 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Moore claims movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and brother Robert cheated him out of millions of dollars in profits for the movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," by secretly diverting profits ... even using Michael's money to fly one of the Weinstein bros. to Europe by private jet.

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In a lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, Moore's company, Westside Productions, claims Moore had a deal with the Weinsteins' company -- The Fellowship Adventure Group -- to split profits 50/50 for the flick.

In legal docs filed by Moore's celebrity lawyer, Larry Stein, he alleges the Weinsteins used "bogus accounting methods to hide the true amounts due Westside."  Moore also claims the Weinsteins secretly diverted a fortune in profits to themselves.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" is the top-grossing documentary of all time, pulling in $222 million worldwide.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $2.7 million.

UPDATE:  Weinstein's lawyer, Bert Fields, tells TMZ, "Michael Moore has been paid over $20 million on this film.  Under the contract he's not entitled to another dime.  His claims are baloney and the timing is very suspicious."

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181.

Lisa    

No...sorry.... Michael Moore is no hero. However, he does a real good job at twisting the truth and brainwashing people.

1320 days ago
182.

Ji    

I don't care for either of these guys. But all these comments full of hate is why i HOPE that this crap hole county falls. I will bask in joy when you pathetic, good for nothing, typical "Americans" cry when America turns into a third world country. I just hope this happens soon. It's people like all of you that make people turn into terrorists. I love my country, but I am disgusted by my fellow Americans....shame on all of you.

1320 days ago
183.

Fuck U    

Your wannabe news site sucks, is another bogus scandal mongering news wannabe site and everyone associated with it is a complete mental moron, no one wants to hear news about the likes of communist marxist liberal Michael Moore, or democrats in same vain or grain.

1319 days ago
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cindy trimble    

To the person who just insulted everyone from the South. I happen to be a big fan of Michael Moore and just finished a post on this blog. Please don't resort to name calling and hate speech which is usually reserved to the narrow-minded republicans. I agree that we do have our share of rednecks who vote republican because they just don't know any better. I will repeat what I wrote earlier. I can't understand why people vote against their own interest. It just so happens though the south isn't the only area that has redneck republicans, but insulting everyone down here is counterproductive to raising awareness to the needs of our country. We need to unite because we all share many of the same problems, however, many people just can't see who the enemies really are, and I don't know if they ever will wise up and take a good look at what is being done to us (all the people)

1319 days ago
185.

sam    

That Gore profited enormously to the tune of over $350 million from eco-companies that capitalized on his own global-warming hype, that Arianna Huffington sold her website for $315 million, and that Michael Moore is suing to receive receipts beyond his $20 million take for his anti-Iraq/Bush mythodrama remind us why Barack Obama was the largest recipient of BP and Goldman Sachs campaign money, and indeed of Wall Street cash in history, after being the first presidential candidate to reject the public financing in the general campaign.

Does “spread the wealth” rhetoric serve as some sort of pass on overweening desire for lots of cash and nice things?

1319 days ago
186.

JarJarBinks    

Most people posting here are erroneously ascribing this suit to endemic "socialist" hypocrisy, when in reality it's a countervailing measure to Weinstein's hyper-capitalistic tendencies. Understand? Of course you don't...

1319 days ago
187.

Highplainsdrifter    

I do not understand why anybody believes all this mass merchandised stuff,film,do***entary's,books,self help, Oprah,etc. is really worth XXXX. Make your own decisions. Distorted facts from anyone are crap. I define Moore's work as entertainment/ commentary. Factual, like National Geographic,etc. it is not. It is misleading yellow journalism, an American tradition. Moore is just big fat hypocrite. His work is as factual as Danielle Steele.

Out leaders are stealing us blind because we let them. The smaller the role Gov't actually has on how our money gets spent the less we can blame the leaders. Liberals are OK with that trade-off. More government = more money to steal, more lobbyists. If business's steal are money just don't buy their xxxx. We do not live in a mill town. We can do with out so much of the crap we buy.

By the way everyone can make the American dream. I started a company. Did not borrow any bank money, employ 115 people. One of seven kids from single parent household. Paid my own way through college- not Harvard, state school- foreigners come to this country every day and make a fortune, Intel, Google, Sun Micro, and on and on.

FYI the sky has been falling since Mankind dreamed it up 20,000 years ago. Every culture has predicted the end of days. Wake up before these scammers take your money to pay for the new crisis. " If you lie, lie big" Adolph Hitler.

1318 days ago
188.

Blue101    

I'm sure poor Michael Moore is down to his last dollar...can't keep food on the table. Think he will starve to death? Let's hope so. Thanks to the Weinstein Brothers for giving us the best laugh of the month.

1204 days ago
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