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Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« on: June 01, 2006, 09:56:24 PM »
By Jason Szep

BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. war veteran who lost both arms in Iraq has sued Oscar-winning director Michael Moore for $85 million, saying television clips were used without his permission in the anti-war documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" and gave a false impression that he opposed the war.

Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, a supporter of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, claims Moore misused the footage to portray him "in a false light" and as "disagreeing with the president about the war effort and as disagreeing with the war effort itself."

"It was kind of almost like the enemy was using me for propaganda. What soldier wants to be involved in that?" Damon told CBS's local television news affiliate. "I didn't lose my arms over there to come back and be used as ammunition against my commander-in-chief."

In a suit that also names Miramax Films Corp. and several other film companies, Damon says Moore never sought his consent for using segments of an NBC Nightly News interview with Damon while he was in hospital.

According to the complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston and obtained by Reuters on Thursday, Damon is seeking damages for "loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation".

Damon said he felt betrayed by the filmmaker, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" won the top prize at the Cannes film festival and was the highest-grossing documentary ever at nearly $120 million.

Damon lost his right arm near the shoulder and his left arm above the wrist when a tire on a Black Hawk helicopter exploded while he and two other soldiers were servicing the aircraft on the ground in Iraq. His left arm later had to be amputated at the elbow. One of Damon's colleagues was killed.

Michael Moore's film production company was not immediately available for comment.



WIFE ALSO SEEKING DAMAGES

"Fahrenheit 9/11" shows Damon lying on a hospital gurney at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland, saying he feels like he has hands that were being "crushed in a vice." He adds: "But they (pain-killers) do a lot to help it," he said. "And they take a lot of the edge off of it."

NBC had originally used the clip for a story about medical treatment being received by veterans.

In "Fahrenheit 9/11", the footage of Damon follows a statement by Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, who says of the Bush administration: "You know they say they're not leaving any veterans behind, but they're leaving all kinds of veterans behind."

"The work creates a substantially fictionalized and falsified implication as a wounded serviceman who was left behind," the complaint said.

Damon was "supported, financially and emotionally, by the active assistance of the president, the United States and his family, friends, acquaintances and community," it added.

Damon has learned to use his artificial arms with the help of military personnel. Veterans groups have helped to build his family a home in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

In an interview in front of his house, Damon told local CBS television: "The original idea was supposed to be something positive about the treatment we were receiving ... not something to be used in a story talking about veterans being left behind because as you can see behind me I'm the last person who can say I am being left behind," he said, gesturing to his home.

Damon is seeking $75 million in damages, while his wife is seeking another $10 million due to "mental distress and anguish" suffered by her husband because of the film. He said he would donate the money to veteran's groups.


looks like fatty will have to lower the snack budget for a while muahahaha.........
 

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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006, 12:46:19 AM »
He's doin damage control. Can't blame him though, how else are you gonna make scrilla without arms?
 

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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 12:50:35 AM »
^ the U.S wouldve sorted him out financially, he said he would donate the money to veteran groups..

 

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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006, 03:52:37 AM »
that documentary has been out for ages and now he decides to sue?

iraq would just get annexed by iran


That would be a great solution.  If Iran and the majority of Iraqi's are pleased with it, then why shouldn't they do it?
 

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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006, 05:48:07 AM »
it's amazing how people expect to make so much money over some petty shit like this
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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006, 09:11:37 AM »
yeah he shouldve just threatened michael moores life like a muslim would
 

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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2006, 10:11:03 AM »
yeah he shouldve just threatened michael moores life like a muslim would

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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2006, 10:11:49 AM »
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Re: Michael Moore sued by Iraq war veteran
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2006, 09:00:51 PM »
Michael Moore couldv ripped the guy's arms off himself  and i still wouldnt give him 85 million dollars.

where the fuck does he get off comin up with a number like that
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