Dinesh D’Souza says legal action by a fellow producer of the anti-Obama film 2016: Obama’s America claiming that he misappropriated money and broke contracts “contains many false statements.”
The author and 2016 co-director was responding to a filing this week by Douglas Sain, credited as a producer of the political documentary, one of two lawsuits filed related to the film.
Plaintiff Sain Communications says its civil complaint was filed “in an effort to force D’Souza to comply with his contractual obligations to the members of [production company Obama’s America Foundation], and to stop D’Souza from abusing and exceeding his management authority in the company for his own financial benefit.” A hearing was held this afternoon in San Diego on the matter. Lawyers for Sain and D’Souza appeared in front of Judge Kevin Enright. Sain’s lawyers are seeking, as stated in their suit, a temporary restraining order against D’Souza over access to funds and other aspects of OAF business dealings.The judge said he would issue a written ruling at a later date.
Sain and D’Souza formed OAF with Christopher Williams in 2011 to make the film, which has grossed more than $33 million at the box office, making it the second-most-successful domestic political documentary ever. It has also been a bestseller since its recent Lionsgate-distributed DVD release.
“I have never diverted any money from any bank account belonging to OAF,” said D’Souza in a four-page declaration. Williams is credited with D’Souza and John Sullivan as executive producers on the film. Sain is credited as producer with Schindler’s List’s producer Gerald Molen…
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