Bill Nye, the guy whose science degree is in engineering, has now filed a lawsuit against Disney, claiming the company withheld millions of dollars in profits from his 1990s children’s television show.
According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the guy with a science degree in engineering claims that Disney owes him $9 million in royalties for Bill Nye the Science Guy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that as a direct and proximate result of the Defendants’ breach of fiduciary duty, Plaintiff has suffered damages in the amount of not less than Nine Million Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Five Hundred Sixty dollars (USD$9,350,560.00), the final amount to be proven at trial,” the 28-page lawsuit reads.
Nye also alleges that Disney “enriched” themselves with “ill-gotten profits” of at least $28 million. Disney subsidiaries ABC, Buena Vista Television, and Touchstone are also named in the suit.
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Nye reportedly received a royalty check from Buena Vista Television in 2008 in the amount of $585,123. But due to an “accounting error,” the company reportedly asked him to return $496,111.
That reportedly led the TV host to request an audit of Disney’s financial agreements surrounding the series, which aired on PBS between 1993 and 1998. But Disney allegedly told Nye that the company was backlogged with audit requests and he would need to wait several years before the request could be accommodated. Nye then alleged that once the books were opened, his accountants found several discrepancies between what he had been paid and what he was owed.
The complaint calls Disney’s actions an “ongoing, deliberate conspiracy to decive Mr. Nye and the BNSG Owners” out of what it claims is his rightful profits.
After falling into obscurity, Nye regained lost prominence when he outed himself as a rabid social justice warrior, regularly promoting climate change as settled fact and insulting religious people at every turn. His recent return to television on Netflix, Bill Nye Saves the World, featured actress Rachel Bloom performing a transgender sex anthem called “Sex Junk,” and used a cartoon of ice cream flavors to explore the “flavors of sexuality.”