In a long-running dispute over profits from the Oscar-winning movie Crash, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that companies controlled by Bob Yari owe about $12 million to director/co-writer Paul Haggis, co-writer Bobby Moresco and Brendan Fraser a member of the large ensemble cast. Tuesday’s award follwed a July ruling by Judge Daniel Buckley that found Yari’s companies in breach of contract for failing to pay profits to the trio. Buckley determined Haggis, Moresco and Fraser should receive roughly $9 million in profits and $3 million in interest. Attorney for the Yari companies Behzad Nahai said he and his clients “respectfully but vehemently disagree” with the judge’s decision. He did not say whether Yari’s side would appeal. Among details noted by the judge were that Yari should not have charged the film $1,300 for his Oscar and Golden Globes tickets nor for his $40,000 sponsorship of the Independent Spirit and Gotham awards. In addition to suits filed over profit-sharing for Crash, producer Cathy Schulman filed suit accusing Yari of firing her in retaliation for his being denied a producer credit on the movie by the PGA which in turn resulted in Yari’s not making the cut as one of the winners of the movie’s Best Picture Oscar.
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