Spike Lee sued for fail­ing to pay union health con­tri­bu­tions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Film­maker Spike Lee and his com­pa­nies are be­ing sued by the di­rec­tors of three union ben­e­fit plans who con­tend he didn’t make suf­fi­cient health and pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions.

The law­suit was filed this week against Lee, Forty Acres and a Mule Film­works and Black But­ter­fly Pro­duc­tions. It claims an au­dit found nearly $45,000 in un­paid con­tri­bu­tions be­tween Septem­ber 2007 and March 2010.

The suit said Lee con­trolled Black But­ter­fly, a sig­na­tory to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ments, and treated its as­sets, which in­clude the 2008 film, “Mir­a­cle at St. Anna,” as his own while fail­ing to pay its debts.

“De­spite mul­ti­ple de­mands, Black

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