BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Entertainment
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Showbiz 
Music 
Film 
Arts 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Reviews 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Wednesday, 12 July, 2000, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Myers sues over studio 'bullying'
Mike Myers
Myers claims he was chased by studio representative
Austin Powers star Mike Myers is suing Universal Pictures for $20m (13m), claiming it tried to bully him into making a film.

Myers alleges he was "chased down dark, winding and unlit streets" by a representative of the studio.

The move comes weeks after Universal launched its own action against the actor, which it said had broken a commitment to star in the film, called Dieter, for which he was to be paid $20m.

But Myers insists he only pulled out because he was not happy with the script he had written.


Mike Myers
Myers was a huge hit in his role as Austin Powers

Dieter is based on a German talk show character created by the Canadian comic on Saturday Night Live.

He says he needed more time to fix the script, which was "fundamentally flawed" and could not meet the studio's deadline.

Last week, producer Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment company filed yet another lawsuit, this time for $30m (19.8m), suggesting Myers accepted $500,000 (330,000) of his fee in exchange for a promise to work on the movie.

'Greed'

Myers' counter-suit, filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by his lawyer, describes the case as "a classic example of a movie studio... placing greed above artistic integrity".

He claims Grazer and Universal executive Stacy Snider told him the script was "good enough" and they could all make "huge amounts of money" out of it.

In an earlier statement issued by his publicist, he said: "I cannot in good conscience accept $20m and cheat movie-goers who pay their hard-earned money to see my work by making a movie with an unacceptable script."

Myers also filed claims for assault, abuse of process and invasion of privacy, saying a Universal representative "stalked" him.

He alleged the representative chased him "in a threatening manner down dark, winding and unlit streets".

A Universal spokesman said: "We fully expected a cross-claim and it has no merit."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

07 Jun 00 | Entertainment
Austin Powers star sued
06 Sep 99 | Entertainment
Myers voted hottest star
Links to more Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories