Harry Shearer

After making $98 in 'This is Spinal Tap' music royalties over 30 years, writer-star Harry Shearer sues studio

After making $98 in 'This is Spinal Tap' music royalties over 30 years, writer-star Harry Shearer sues studio

Harry Shearer once was part of a group that went to 11. Now he's going to court.

The "This Is Spinal Tap" writer and costar has sued Vivendi and subsidiary StudioCanal, which hold the rights to the classic 1984 mockumentary, for $125 million.

Shearer claims that fuzzy accounting prevented him and the three other writer-stars (Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner and Michael McKean) from collecting a potential bundle of licensing and ancillary music revenue.

According to the lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Los Angeles, the studio engaged in "cross-collaterizing" — essentially, packaging the movie with flops in its accounting...

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