Kevin Costner files $ 15 million lawsuit against former business partner – The Hollywood Reporter
Kevin costner is suing former business partner Jim Wilson for $ 15 million for allegedly refusing to assign his rights in a company on Yellowstone star is trying to relax.
Costner estimates that Wilson has earned over $ 35 million over the years from their relationship, which dates back to a 1983 casting that resulted in the actor’s first leading role. Costner hired Wilson as a producer for Dance with the wolves (1990), which won them the Oscar for best film. The following year, Costner hired Wilson as executive vice president of TIG and helped him become a producer of films, including The bodyguard, Wyatt earp, The postman and Message in a bottle.
The dispute revolves around a company called Good Ones Productions that Costner formed in 1992. TIG struck a first deal with Warner Bros. process and be a signatory to the Writers Guild. TIG financed all of Good Ones’ operations through loans.
According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in LA County Superior Court, Costner has been the sole director and officer of the company since 2015 and Wilson has had no involvement with Good Ones since at least 2004. (Although a file from the November 11, 2020 with the California Secretary of State’s office listing Wilson as the sole director and officer.) Last summer, Costner decided to end Good Ones and in July Costner’s attorneys sent Wilson a letter guy seeking to transfer his bare legal ownership to Good Ones. stock at Costner.
“[G]given that Costner and Wilson had not done business together for over 12 years and Wilson was no longer an executive at TIG, it made no sense for Wilson to legally own GOP shares, ”writes l attorney Howard Kaplan in the complaint. “[Wilson] indicated that he was not interested in producing any of the projects, that he was not interested in any conditional compensation for any of the projects, and that he did not want anything to do with Costner in regards to those projects. However, he refused to sign the agreement.
According to the complaint, in a follow-up conversation with Costner’s production partner Rod Lake, Wilson “made derogatory comments about Costner and asked for $ 500,000” to sign.
Costner is also suing attorney Zeke Lopez, who worked in a Costner legal team for several years before becoming Wilson’s personal attorney, for allegedly taking documents related to Good Ones without Costner’s consent when ‘he left his cabinet.
Lopez, who is representing Wilson in this dispute, told Costner he didn’t have the files. But, according to the complaint, his former company Greenberg Traurig kept detailed records and has proof that they sent the documents to him in 2005.
Costner sues Wilson for conversion, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. He’s suing Lopez for breach of fiduciary duty and conversion, and also seeks repayment of a $ 1 million loan from Good Ones Productions, plus interest.
Lopez has not yet responded to a request for comment.