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Bill Nye the 'Science Guy' is suing Disney

Bill Nye the 'Science Guy' is suing Disney

The host recently filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that Disney, ABC, Buena Vista, and Touchstone shorted him millions of dollars from his time on the popular series.

Under the terms of the agreement with Buena Vista Television, which is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Corporation and distributor of Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye and other owners of the show are together entitled to half of the show's profits. But according to a lawsuit filed this week, Nye is going to attempt to school Disney just like he schooled you in the wonderful rules that govern this awesome universe of ours. For years, he educated kids on his hit show Bill Nye the Science Guy.

The suit states that Nye "believes and thereon alleges that as a direct and proximate result of the Defendants' breach of fiduciary duty, Plaintiff has suffered damages in the amount of not less than Nine Million Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Five Hundred Sixty dollars (USD$9,350,565.00), the final amount to be proven at trial", says the complaint, dropping some big bucks demands.

Nye further alleged that in addition to the money he claimed not to have received as part of his profit-share on the series, Disney and its subsidiaries "enriched" themselves with "ill-gotten profits" of at least $28 million.

A spokesperson for Buena Vista responded to the lawsuit, saying it's just for publicity and that the company looks forward to "vigorously defending it".

According to the docs, Disney told Bill it made an accounting error, and informed him he wouldn't get any future checks until it recouped the $496k. Months of negotiations went nowhere, and Nye suspected shoddy bookkeeping. Eventually, Nye hired an external auditor to investigate. In a report by CNN, it was reported that Nye is allegedly owed a gross amount of $9 million for his work on the show. He said that Disney was uncooperative with the investigation, and that the auditors had discovered a number of lost royalties and wrongful deductions.


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