Spike Lee and two of his production companies have been sued by the trustees of the pension and health plans of three below-the line Hollywood industry unions, which claim he failed to make $45,000 in pension and health contributions on behalf of workers on his 2008 film Miracle At St. Anna.
The suit, filed today in federal court in New York, claims the director and his companies – Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks and Black Butterfly Productions – failed to make the contributions to the P&H plans of the IATSE, the Teamsters and the Musicians unions. The suit also seeks liquidated damages, audit costs and legal and attorneys’ fees.
Neither Lee nor his attorney, Robert Strent, could be reached for comment. His agent said she didn’t know anything about the lawsuit.
Miracle At St. Anna grossed $9.3 million at the box office when it was released.