Separate lawsuits have been filed against Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative author, activist and exec producer of “2016: Obama’s America,” contending that he tried to wrest control of the project and trumped the movie’s release by writing a book based on the same material.
The movie has generated about $33 million at the box office, a hefty haul for a documentary and second only to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11′ when it comes to political projects.
According to the North County Times, one lawsuit charges that D-Souza violated an agreement with two partners by diverting money from the movie for his own projects. The other suit is from a group of investors who claim that they are entitled to proceeds from D’Souza’s book “2016: Obama’s America” because it was so closely connected to the movie.
These lawsuits, however, are not drawing nearly as much attention as D’Souza’s resignation from an evangelical college after revelations of a relationship with a woman he identified as his fiancee while he was still married. While this may not be such a big deal in many circles, it is a genuine controversy in the evangelical press.