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Noted Anti-Capitalist Filmmaker Suing for $3 Million He Says He’s Owed

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By Doug Powers  •  April 3, 2011 11:53 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

“This is capitalism. A system of taking and giving… mostly taking.” – Michael Moore

As a general rule, the three most dangerous places in the world are in war-torn areas where anarchy and despotism rules the day; in Antarctica naked; and standing between an anti-capitalist and a giant pile of money. Not necessarily in that order.

Michael Moore has been trying to get his anti-capitalist hands on a big chunk of “national resource” he claims he’s been owed for some time now, and he’s refusing to settle:

Gadfly documentary-maker Michael Moore says he won’t settle with Bob and Harvey Weinstein over money he claims they owe him and wants his day in court.

Moore sued the Weinsteins in February, alleging they still owe him $2.7 million from his movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” and accused them of using “financial deception” and “bogus accounting methods” to divert money he claims he should have been paid.

Moore told Page Six, “No settlement. No interest in one. Discovery and depositions will reveal how the accounting is done, once and for all.” Moore, who was in talks with the Weinsteins about new projects up till the day the suit was filed, told us that an independent auditor found he’s owed “a minimum of $3 million.”
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While the Weinsteins declined to comment on what Moore told Page Six, sources say he’s already pocketed $20.6 million from “Fahrenheit” and that the money he says he’s owed was used to pay “union guild residuals” and other “standard deductions.” The sources noted that the film was distributed in tandem with Lionsgate, which also took a cut from its $119 million box-office take.

I hope he wins, because if he does those of us who have been victimized by the rich in a grossly unfair and unjust capitalist system can all look forward to Moore cutting us a check for our fair share of “our” money. Right Mike? … Mike?

**Written by Doug Powers

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