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Wagner sues Col, Sony over ‘Angels’

Thesp, trusts allegedly received nothing from films

Actor Robert Wagner has sued Columbia Pictures and parent Sony Pictures, claiming he and a pair of trusts owning rights belonging to his late wife Natalie Wood are owed half the profits from the two “Charlie’s Angels” movies.

According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wagner and Wood made an agreement with Spelling-Goldberg Prods. in 1973 that, among other things, provided the actors would get an equal share of the profits from any series developed at ABC based on an idea they submitted. Wagner and Wood subsequently submitted the idea for the “Charlie’s Angels” television series, the suit said.

Spelling-Goldberg was acquired by Columbia about 1982, the suit said. Wagner and the trusts allegedly have not been given accountings or any money from the film versions of the series. The suit seeks unspecified damages and an accounting. The first “Charlie’s Angels” film made $265 million worldwide at the box office; “Full Throttle” has managed $110,000,000 worldwide in its first three weeks.

A spokesman for Columbia Pictures declined comment.

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