For the past few months, seeing the words “Weinstein” and “lawsuit” in the same sentence typically involved some unspeakable act of sexual misconduct.
That is not the case in a new lawsuit that involves the company formerly run by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — and Britain’s most beloved talking teddy bear.
As Variety reports, The Weinstein Company is being sued by Canada’s eOne, which alleges that it breached a distribution deal by selling “Paddington 2” to Warner Bros. while in the midst of a cash crunch brought on by the Weinstein scandal that threatened to bankrupt the company.
As a result, eOne contends it’s owed a minimum of $7.2 million from The Weinstein Company, alleging the company reneged on an earlier deal that was to have seen eOne distribute the film in Canada.
According to Variety, the lawsuit alleges that company co-chairman Bob Weinstein (brother of Harvey) apologized to eOne’s Patrick Roy after selling the film to Warner Bros., claiming that Weinstein “acknowledged that [the Weinstein Co.] would need to compensate eOne for its loss of ‘Paddington 2’ as a result of the sale.”
As a result of that conversation, alleges the lawsuit, eOne terminated its output deal with The Weinstein Company, effective December 31, and presented the company with an invoice for $7.2 million, representing the advance eOne had paid under the terms of the original deal. That bill, contends the lawsuit, has yet to be paid.
The suit demands a jury trial and seeks payment of the $7.2 million in addition to fees and interest.
The Weinstein Company, adds Variety, “did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”