Deceased action star’s family claims they’re owed from two ’70s movies
Charles Bronson isn't done raising hell and demanding justice.
Or at least his estate isn't.
The Bronson Marital Trust and the Bronson Survivor's Trust filed suit against Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleging breach of written contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation and unfair business practices, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.
The suit stems from the Bronson movies "St. Ives" and "Telefon" — "two of his lesser known films," according to the suit — which were released in 1976 and 1977, respectively. According to the suit, Warner Bros. and MGM "manipulated the accounting" and "never disclosed their accounting methodology to the Bronson Trust."
Bronson died in 2003. The trust performed an accounting audit in April 2010, at which point the trust discovered that it "was owed extra money" for the two films. Specifically, money from home video and DVD sales — the suit accuses Warner Bros. and MGM of "not fairly allocating revenue generated from television sales and only reporting 20 percent of the gross receipts for home video and DVD sales."
The trust is seeking unspecified damages, plus pre-judgment interest, and the cost of the suit.
Warner Bros. and MGM had no comment for this story.