“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.
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.”
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.