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OTRC: Michael Moore files 'Fahrenheit 9/11' lawsuit

Michael Moore in photo posted on his Facebook page on April 2, 2009. (facebook.com/mmflint)

Michael Moore, an Oscar-winning liberal filmmaker who has often criticized the government's treatment of America's poor, says he is owed millions of dollars for his 2004 documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Moore says the films financiers, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein, used creative accounting to keep him from receiving more than $2.7 million for the movie, according to the Associated Press.

The news wire quoted the Weinsteins' attorney as saying Moore's claims were "hogwash" and that his lawsuit should be thrown out, adding: "Michael Moore has been paid $20 million and he claims he should get $2 million more. He's been paid every dime he's entitled to."

"Fahrenheit 9/11," which has earned more than $222 million worldwide since its reason, told of then-President George W. Bush and White House's actions after the Sept. 11 attacks. Moore says he had an agreement with the Weinsteins that allowed him to receive half of the film's profits, but that audits performed since 2008 turned up several irregularities, the AP said.

Moore is also known for the documentaries "Bowling for Columbine" and "Capitalism: A Love Story." In December, he made headlines after he pledged support to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has angered U.S. officials by publishing classified diplomatic papers. Moore said Assange's organization had "saved lives".

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