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‘Sordid’ battle continues

No deal yet for Brooks, AFTRA over residuals

The battle remains bitter between Stan Brooks and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists over unpaid “Sordid Lives” residuals.

Brooks came under fire again Monday after AFTRA accused the producer of duplicity in his dealings with the union. In a message to “Sordid Lives” cast members, AFTRA rep Steve Sidawi said Brooks wasn’t acting in good faith when he offered to settle $1.6 million in union claims earlier this month.

“As you know, during the weekend of Oct. 8-10 and through Monday, Oct. 11, AFTRA with the other labor organizations made repeated attempts to get more details about Once Upon a Time’s ‘final offer,’ ” Sidawi said. “By the afternoon of Oct. 11, it became apparent that Once Upon a Time Films was not only unwilling to provide us more specificity, they were not serious about making a good faith effort to achieve a fair settlement.”

Kenneth Suddleson, an attorney for Brooks, disputed the AFTRA statement and contended that the unions had been provided complete information about the offer and source of funds. “The offer was put together in good faith and to say otherwise is completely untrue,” he said.

AFTRA and Suddleson said Monday that Brooks had not filed for bankruptcy, as was reported last week, but sought an “assignment for the benefit of creditors.”

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