Spike Lee sued for failing to pay union health contributions

Lee, a Bernie Sanders supporter, apparently couldn’t be bothered with the re-distribution of benefits for people who worked on his films.

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From AP: Filmmaker Spike Lee and his companies are being sued by the directors of three union benefit plans who contend he didn’t make sufficient health and pension contributions.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Lee, Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Black Butterfly Productions. It claims an audit found nearly $45,000 in unpaid contributions between September 2007 and March 2010.

The suit said Lee controlled Black Butterfly, a signatory to collective bargaining agreements, and treated its assets, which include the 2008 film, “Miracle at St. Anna,” as his own while failing to pay its debts.

“Despite multiple demands, Black Butterfly has failed to pay the claims asserted by the Plans. Black Butterfly refuses, and continues to refuse, to pay the amounts due for unpaid contributions disclosed by the audit,” the lawsuit says.

The plaintiffs manage plans for the American Federal of Musicians, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Studio Transportation Drivers. They are seeking all unpaid damages, interest, audit costs and legal fees.

Lee is a writer, director and actor. His films include “Do the Right Thing,” and “Malcolm X.” His most recent movie, “Chi-Raq,” is about gun violence in Chicago.

A message left with Forty Acres wasn’t immediately returned.


8 responses to “Spike Lee sued for failing to pay union health contributions

  1. Lee is just another Hollywood con-artist, hypocrite who thinks he can prove he’s morally superior by calling everyone but himself a racist.

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  2. Yet another “Progressive” hypocrite!

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  3. Well now lets just see . . . now it comes out that Spike Lee is a chislin’ cheater, just the same as Al Sharpton and his back tax debt of millions. I hope that they stick it to him to pay what he owes. He indicates that he is a proponent of “fair play” for the working man–yet he stiffs their health care contributions. It would probably be better in the future, if people just refuse to work on his stupid projects!

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  5. How about doing the right thing and making those contributions? The red flag went up for me when he said Larry Bird was overrated. Typical hate whitey, racist drivel. Bird was a genius in his field, while you sir are merely competent. And gloomy as hell.

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  6. Redistribution of wealth (real wealth) only works ONE WAY, and that’s upward to the ‘upwardly mobile’.

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  7. Is anyone out there truly shocked? He is always very busy accusing others of wrong doing to deflect from himself. Typical.


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