D’Souza Gets Sued


Poor Dinesh D’Souza. First he’s caught committing adultery, now he’s in legal hot water. His co-producers on that ridiculous documentary 2016 are suing him for breach of contract and other actions and seeking an injunction and monetary damages.

The controversial anti-President Barack Obama film “2016: Obama’s America” has racked up millions in box office receipts, shot to the top of DVD sales — and now has sparked a trio of lawsuits among the three producers of the film.

One lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court over the past week, contends that Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative author, activist and Rancho Santa Fe resident who was one of three executive producers of the film, has tried to wrest control of the company away from two partners and violated an agreement among them.

A separate lawsuit from a group of investors in the film says that D’Souza breached their agreement with him by writing a best-selling book that drew heavily on the film and not sharing the profits with them, as they claim he was obligated to do.

And some of these disputes involve the recent news of his relationship with Denise Odie Joseph:

The agreement among Sain, D’Souza and Williams gave half of the ownership to D’Souza and split the remaining half between Sain and Williams, according to the suit. It gave D’Souza artistic control and the other two production control.

With the success of the film, the suit says D’Souza overstepped his authority. He bought out Williams, though Sain says it was not permitted under the terms of the agreement.

It also says D’Souza has used the revenues to promote his other projects, diverted funds from the production company for his own use, and used money for a personal relationship he had with a woman who was not his wife.

Isn’t schadenfreude delicious?

Comments

  1. busterggi says

    “The controversial anti-President Barack Obama film “2016: Obama’s America” has racked up millions in box office receipts, shot to the top of DVD sales ”

    On what planet?

  2. davem says

    “The controversial anti-President Barack Obama film “2016: Obama’s America” has racked up millions in box office receipts, shot to the top of DVD sales ”

    On what planet?

    Kolob?

  3. Michael Heath says

    alanb writes:

    According to Box Office Mojo it has pulled in $33 mill in theaters which makes it the 4th most lucrative documentary of all time.

    It’s my notion this is being seen only by those adults who’d never vote for anybody but a white conservative Christian or black conservative Christian who knew his place. So this documentary’s impact will approach zero when it comes to the election. Far more concerning is that some children will be compelled to watch, which is illustrative on how conservative Christians abuse children.

  4. says

    Michael Heath @10: It’s my notion this is being seen only by those adults who’d never vote for anybody but a white conservative Christian or black conservative Christian who knew his place. So this documentary’s impact will approach zero when it comes to the election. Far more concerning is that some children will be compelled to watch, which is illustrative on how conservative Christians abuse children.

    A couple weeks ago there was a near-omnipresent TV ad for the sequel to the Atlas Shrugged movie. It included a ridiculous line to the effect of, “Will this movie have an impact on the Presidential election?” and we were then invited to come find out for ourselves. Every time I saw the ad I answered rhetorically, “No, because nobody’s going to watch the damn movie.”*

    I actually find it a little disturbing that we keep having these movies designed to seem like they’re generating controversy just to make a few bucks and win a Presidential election. I’d be more disturbed, but it’s kind of laughable. Although it’s further evidence that the right wing in America is becoming increasingly navel centric.

    *There’s also an ad that plays every five minutes or so that starts with a nebbishy dweeb getting dumped by his obviously-too-attractive girlfriend for being boring. So he uses his credit card points to go look at art and take a cooking class with a celebrity chef and get back stage passes to a concert, all of which are ridiculously focus-grouped. It ends with him asking, “Who’s boring now?” I always say, “You are.” The lesson: don’t watch TV with me. Also, too, I apparently don’t do well with rhetorical questions.

  5. caseloweraz says

    Michael Heath wrote: “It’s my notion this is being seen only by those adults who’d never vote for anybody but a white conservative Christian or black conservative Christian who knew his place. So this documentary’s impact will approach zero when it comes to the election.”

    Sounds reasonable. If we assume an average ticket price of $10, this works out to 3.3 million tickets distributed nationwide. Even if they were all sold to adults, they’re not likely to have much effect on the outcome of the election.

  6. Ichthyic says

    Even if they were all sold to adults, they’re not likely to have much effect on the outcome of the election.

    Perhaps, but they still make my brain hurt, even with disproportionately small numbers.

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