Setback for Producer in ‘Crash’ Case

Court-appointed referee finds Bob Yari took improper deductions.

Last Updated: October 14, 2009 @ 12:42 PM

The two-year old lawsuit over profits from the Best Picture winner "Crash" took a turn for the worse for producer Bob Yari.

Yari is being sued by "Crash" screenwriters Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco and actor Brendan Fraser, who claim they are owed millions in profits from the film. Haggis, who directed the film, contends that Yari applied a series of "bogus" deductions to deprive them of their share of the profits.

On Tuesday, a court-appointed referee, Gerald F. Phillips, concluded that several deductions should not have been taken.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.