Chuck Norris is suing CBS officials for $30 million for allegedly failing to pay him profits from his ’90s TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.
The actor’s company Top Kick Productions filed the lawsuit against CBS and Sony Pictures Television officials in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (30Jan18) over the TV series, which he starred in and executive produced.
In the documents, they accuse the executives of breach of contract, claiming they failed to pay Norris, via Top Kick, 23 per cent of the profits “earned from any, and all, exploitation of Walker.”
“Instead, CBS and Sony materially breached the contractual duties they owed to Mr. Norris and his company Top Kick,” the lawsuit reads. “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.”
In the lawsuit, they claim the executives conspired to promote the show via streaming and on-demand services and less on TV and DVD to avoid paying Top Kick their share, which they have allegedly not received. They have accused the TV bosses of concealing how much revenue they receive from streaming to keep Top Kick in the dark about how much they are owed.
They are seeking $30 million in damages and have requested a jury trial.