Why Is Legendary Director Spike Lee Being Sued?

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The suit says the director failed to pay pension and health plans to the employees of his 2008 film 'Miracle at St. Anna.'

Spike Lee is in trouble!

The legendary director is being sued because he failed to make benefit contributions to employees of his 2008 movie Miracle at St. Anna.

According to the suit, filed in New York federal court, Lee and his two companies —Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Black Butterfly Productions— did not pay $45,000 in pension and health plans of three Hollywood unions the IATSE, the Teamsters and the Musicians unions.

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They claims an audit found nearly $45,000 in unpaid contributions between September 2007 and March 2010.

The trustees of these unions are behind the suit that is also seeking liquidated damages, audit costs and legal and attorneys’ fees.

The film, which grossed $9.3 million at the box office when it was released, told the story of four Black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. It starred Laz Alonso and Michael Ealy.

Lee is currently working on his first TV series with the entertainment juggernaut Netflix in a partnership that will produce 10-episodes of a She’s Gotta Have It series.

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