Former "Beaver" star sues over unpaid royalties
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ken Osmond, who played the troublemaking Eddie Haskell on TV's "Leave It to Beaver," has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit seeking unpaid royalties from the Screen Actors Guild.
Osmond, 64, a retired Los Angeles police officer, claims the union has collected more than $8 million in foreign residuals on behalf of its members and nonmembers but has not passed on the profits.
Osmond filed the suit on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court as a proposed class-action case. If approved, it would allow others in similar situations to participate in the litigation.
"SAG has intentionally collected and took possession of specifically identifiable amounts of monies belonging to Osmond and members of the class," the suit states. "Further, defendants have held these monies in their sole possession for an unreasonably long period of time, thereby preventing Osmond and the class members access to monies that are rightfully theirs."
In June, SAG allegedly "stonewalled" Osmond and his requests to audit its books and explain how it collects and pays out foreign residuals.
"We have not received a copy of the complaint and have no further comment," said SAG's general counsel, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.
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