If there’s anybody you don’t want to tick off, it’s Chuck Norris.
The martial arts legend filed a $30 million lawsuit against CBS and Sony on Tuesday for allegedly failing to pay him his share of profits for the television program “Walker, Texas Ranger,” Deadline reported.
According to the suit, CBS hasn’t paid Norris’ company, Top Kick Productions, its due “23 percent cut ” of “the profits earned from any, and all, exploitation of ‘Walker'” since 2004.
The Air Force veteran accused the media conglomerates of promoting the series through on-demand services instead of on television and DVD in order to avoid paying Top Kick.
“Defendants have rejected, ignored, and failed to consider offers from third parties who were willing to pay a premium license fee for Walker, because Defendants preferred to self-deal by negotiating special licensing deals, with minimal fees, with their own networks,” legal documents read.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claimed CBS and Sony’s breach of contract has cost the action star’s company millions of dollars.
“Instead, CBS and Sony materially breached the contractual duties they owed to Mr. Norris and his company Top Kick.
“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.”
“Walker, Texas Ranger” ran for eight seasons from 1993 until 2001, with Norris in the lead role. It has been broadcast in over 100 countries.
In November, Norris sued medical device manufacturers for allegedly “poisoning” his wife, Gena O’Kelly, with the chemical gadolinium when she underwent MRI scans for her rheumatoid arthritis.
The “Delta Force” actor, who is the subject of numerous jokes poking fun at this seeming invincibility, has often become involved in politics, supporting candidates like Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and President Trump.
Are CBS and Sony about to learn why you shouldn’t cross Chuck Norris?
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