Chuck Norris starred in “Walker, Texas Ranger” — and didn’t get the money to prove it.
A lawsuit filed by the actor’s production company, Top Kick Productions, claims that the CBS network failed to pay Norris, 77, 23% of the profits for the hits 1990s series after it became the primarily distributor of the series, Deadline reported.
“Instead, CBS and Sony materially breached the contractual duties they owed to Mr. Norris and his company Top Kick,” the lawsuit, obtained by Deadline, claims.
“Specifically, the Defendants have consciously sought to market, sell and distribute Walker in ways that are designed to collect significant fees and revenues from the ongoing exploitation of Walker but without having to honor or pay Top Kick, and to instead materially breach the 23 Percent Profit Clause.”
The suit says CBS and Sony breached the contract in “good faith” knowing full well Norris’ success, history, brand and image.
Top Kick is suing for $30 million for the breach of contract — which stemmed from previously agreed upon profits.
“Walker, Texas Ranger” aired for eight seasons on CBS between 1993 and 2001. The series has been broadcast in more than 100 countries and led to the made-for-TV movie “Trial by Fire” in 2005.
Source: my dailynews