Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Bill Nye sues Disney claiming the company underpaid him by $9M

Bill Nye sues Disney claiming the company underpaid him by $9M

Along with Disney, Nye is also suing Touchstone, ABC and Buena Vista among other subsidiaries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Bill Nye, the Science Guy, participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss his new book, "Unstoppable: Harnessing Science To Change The World", at AOL Studios on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in NY. "The disturbing size of the supposed 'accounting error, ' coupled with the seeming indifference of both [Buena Vista] and [Walt Disney Company], left Nye suspicious of the veracity of the accounting statements he had been receiving from BVT over the years", the suit says.

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Nye says that the audit finally got off the ground in May of 2016, but he alleges that the defendants didn't include documents like licensing agreements and digital sales information. The host says that he tried to get an explanation but was thrown around for years, resulting in him hiring an external auditor.

This has led the lovable Bill Nye to file a lawsuit against Disney, as he has not been paid a significant amount of money which he was owed.

According to the complaint, the limited documentation provided to auditors showed revenues were skewed and royalties went unreported.

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"The defendants, and each of them, have engaged in an ongoing, deliberate conspiracy to decive Mr. Nye and the BNSG Owners, and deprive them of their rightly owned share of the Net Profits from the BNSG series and derivative works", writes Rainey.

The suit estimates the company and its branches made over $28 million in "ill-gotten profits" off the show.

Nye's legal camp filed the lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, which accuses the Walt Disney Company of fraud and breach of contract. Although that audit was completed a year ago, Nye says Disney failed to produce documents related to deals with Netflix, Apple, and others.

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