Award winning Irish American film director Michael Moore has filed $2.7-mln lawsuit against the Weinstein brothers.
Moore's suit alleges that Bob and Harvey Weinstein cheated him out of millions of dollars from profits from his hit documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."
Moore claims he "delivered an award-winning film that achieved major box office success" and that the Weinstein's company "refused to share equally he fruits of the venture as the partners had agreed."
Moore's wrote, directed and produced the documentary, while the Weinsteins financed and distributed it. All profits, Moore claims, were to be shared equally.
But on Monday Moore's lawyers claimed the Weinsteins hid the amount they actually owed to Moore and that "this case is about classic Hollywood accounting tricks and financial deception perpetrated by Harvey and Bob Weinstein."
The filmmaker says he first uncovered the deception around November 2008 through an audit he commissioned.
According to Moore's suit "the audit revealed highly irregular accounting practices including, among other things, charges to the production for the cost of private jets to fly one of the Weinsteins and his assistant to Europe."
Since it's 2004 release "Fahrenheit 9/11" has made about $222 million, making it the highest-grossing documentary ever.