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Ashton Kutcher Sues

The DMV Sabotaged

My Reality Show

6/20/2012 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ashton Kutcher is trying to squeeze blood from a stone ... 'cause his production company is suing the broke-ass State of California for $1.4 mil ... after the DMV allegedly backed out of a reality show deal.

In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Kutcher's Katalyst Media -- which produced "Punk'd" and "Beauty and the Geek" -- claims it inked a deal with the CA DMV back in 2010 to participate in a reality show that would "capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis" at the DMV.

In fact, Katalyst claims it hammered out a "formal written agreement" with the DMV to shoot footage in the summer and fall of 2011. The deal called for 4 initial episodes with an option of 6 more.

Katalyst claims it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars gearing up for the show -- only to get a 5-sentence letter from a DMV honcho 6 weeks later ... trying to back out of the deal.

According to the suit, the DMV honcho said the project wouldn't be in the DMV's "best interests."

Obviously, Katalyst is pissed -- and wants at least $1.44 million to make things right.

Beef with the DMV? Get in line ...

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1.

ShrinkWrap    

I didn't know that anyone over the age of 14 still watched that stupid show.

852 days ago
2.

Faye    

Oh good. The State of CA is already broke. Let's just sue them.

852 days ago
3.

eicarr     

Another reason to hate this s***. Don't watch his shows, don't buy products he endorses!

852 days ago
4.

Throwback kid    

Ashton Kutcher is like a white Chris Brown, just an obnoxious D Bag who you can't stand and have no resect for. I love how in Punked he would show up at the end and act like every actor in LA thinks he is so cool. In reality I'm sure alot of theme think the same as we do, that he's a tool

852 days ago
5.

nof    

Great idea, would have made tons of money all the way around - had legs to stand for ten years.


Plus the invariable shoot-offs or off-shoots.


Ashton could have created an entire industry
around this one show -


-Ask him if he'll read my show.


The one Charlie Sheen's people sent back (Marty Singer et al) though not Mark Burg.


It's Ashton's kind of idea - but needs Ashton behind it.

852 days ago
6.

Pudding Tang    

Yeah, A law suit would make the DMV sooo much more efficient too. Way to get Californians on your side there Kooch. Lose the case, raise the rates and make the people pay! YAY.... btw weak idea...

852 days ago
7.

Angelkin    

A Contract is a Contract. His company spent money because they relied on the validity and signatures of the contract. DMV needed to consult with lawyers, learn the penalties of cancellations, and okay this with the DMV and California Officials BEFORE signing this commitment. California is libel to complete the contract or reimburse, pay any penalties, and damages that Kutcher's company incurred. It's a no brainer.

852 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

This is really serving obama, as you pledged before!

852 days ago
9.

nof    

For those that think this is a stupid idea:


Go sit in the DMV all-day, or maybe an afternoon.


It's beyond brilliant - Kutcher's a genius.


I know higher-ups told "DMV" no.


But they shoulda gone to Ashton and said we wanna do it -


-but surrepticiouly.


-Meaning they get Ashton the material -


=or even plant a good writer like myself there.


But to say "yes" - let Kutcher & Company begin developing ($$$) the show?


Then pull the plug with no warning?


- he's got no choice but to recoup.


Cuz he could have been developing a different show -

This spares them the criticism they feared.

852 days ago
10.

parlayer    

in reality the nothing funny about the dmv!

852 days ago
11.

nof    

It's like my own (first of many) Hollywood stories:


Barbarian Brothers tell me they have 100 grand in place for a film.


Have had the script and idea produced.


Just need the right person to write it.


They check me and give me the alleged green light.


For three months I ignore everything else to hammer out not one good draft but two.


Then - surprise - they tell me there was no deal-in-place, that they lied and oh well sorry about that.


I forgave them a couple of days ago.


But suks to be on the receiving end of those.

852 days ago
12.

JEWremy LIN     

Before You Morins go calling other Morons just remeber your A Moron, Moron.

852 days ago
13.

nof    

DMV to Ashton Kutcher:


"Sorry you've been in pre-production, have spent thousands of hours, possibly millions of dollars working with writers, etc..."


"But the plug's been pulled so go away."

852 days ago
14.

Trevis Miho    

Ugh, California's DMV employees (ESPECIALLY Los Angeles) have the worst attitudes I've EVER experienced behind a desk. Eff suing, some of them deserved to be JUMPED.

852 days ago
15.

TMP    

Who the hell would want to watch a show about life at the DMV?

852 days ago
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