Wesley Snipes slapped with suit by American Express

Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:02pm EST

Actor Wesley Snipes gestures on the street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 17, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actor Wesley Snipes gestures on the street during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 17, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Related Topics

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Wesley Snipes won't be leaving home with his American Express card anytime soon -- primarily because he's currently sitting in the slammer -- and that's probably a good thing.

"Blade" star Snipes was slapped with a lawsuit in Orange County, Fla., Circuit Court on Friday by American Express, which claims that the actor racked up a $29,343 bill with them when he was still walking free.

The complaint is seeking that amount, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs.

Snipes began a three-year prison sentence at Pennsylvania's McKean Federal Correction Institution in December 2010 for failing to file tax returns. The actor, 49, employed a number of tactics in an effort to establish his innocence, including the invocation of the "861 argument" which theorizes that U.S. residents' domestic income isn't taxable, and a claim that he's a "non-resident alien."

In truth, the actor was born in Orlando, Fla.

Snipes' legal representative did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.