Kathleen Glynn, ex-wife of liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, is taking him to court for allegedly not giving her profits owed as a result of a 2014 agreement. Glynn and Moore split that year, after 23 years of marriage.
The suit claims Moore has walked away from an arbitration agreement needed to "flesh out the terms of an important provision in their property settlement," according to the New York Post. Moore, it argues, wants all of the benefits of their 2014 settlement in which Glynn "signed over essentially all of her interest in the fruits of the parties’ joint efforts as film-makers … in exchange for a promise of future revenue-sharing by" her husband.
"She was the driving force in the making of many of [his] films and other ventures in which Mr. Moore was the featured personality, dating back to their first big success, ‘Roger and Me’ (1989)," Glynn’s attorney writes.
According to the suit, Moore was supposed to pay Glynn 4 percent of total revenue from his films, but he paid her less than $600 in 2014. That would mean he earned under $14,000 during a seven-month period.
Moore reported negative income to the IRS in 2014 and 2016 – negative $350,862 in 2014 and $221,025 in 2016 – but Glynn believes the figures are false.
Moore's latest documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday and will be released nationwide later this month. The title is a reference both to his earlier film, Fahrenheit 9/11, and the date President Donald Trump’s election win was called in 2016.
Moore has claimed his movie will take down the president. "No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked," Moore said. "That all ends with this movie."
The filmmaker predicted Trump’s victory in 2016, arguing on "Real Time with Bill Maher" that he could win states such as Michigan and Wisconsin.