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.
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?