Harry Shearer Files $125 Million Lawsuit Over ‘This Is Spinal Tap’

“This Is Spinal Tap” co-writer and star Harry Shearer claims he’s been jipped out of millions in earnings from the film, and he’s taking the matter to court.

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In a lawsuit filed Monday, the actor alleges that French media conglomerate Vivendi has been depriving him and his “Spinal Tap” co-creators of profits from the 1984 cult classic. Shearer also addressed the matter in a video posted to his Twitter page, which can be seen above.

“[‘Spinal Tap’]’s a movie I’m very proud to have had a part in making,” Shearer says in the video, shared with the hashtag #fairnessrocks. “A lot of people seem to love it, and it seems to have made a lot of money from film and music distribution for some corporations, but not for its creators.”

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The actor, who also voices multiple characters on “The Simpsons,” claims he has netted less than $200 from the film, split between himself and his three co-creators, Christopher Guest, Michael McKeon and Rob Reiner. Shearer is seeking $125 million in damages.



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