Filmmaker Michael Moore has filed a lawsuit against movie studio head Harvey Weinstein and his brother Robert, alleging they used “bogus accounting methods” to divert profits from his documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

In the lawsuit, Moore accuses the Weinstein Company founders of reneging on a deal to split the profits 50/50 from his 2004 movie about the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with his company Westside Productions. The movie grossed $222 million worldwide, according to TMZ. Moore claims the Weinsteins used some of the profits earned by the movie to fly the brothers by private jet to Europe.

He is suing their company, The Fellowship Adventure Group, for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and constructive fraud.  He claimed in the suit that they used "highly irregular accounting practices," along with "classic Hollywood accounting tricks and deception," according to That included deducting $500,000 in supposed residuals to various guilds that allegedly were never paid.

Moore is suing the movie moguls for $2.7 million. The Weinsteins’ attorney, Bert Fields, told TMZ that Moore has already been paid more than $20 million for the movie. He characterized the lawsuit to The New York Times as a “routine kind of auditing” dispute.

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