A real-life Indiana Jones has filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co., Lucasfilm, and Paramount Pictures for using the crystal skull in the film, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The archaeologist says the film used a replica of the skull in the film and collected “illegal profits.”
Dr. Jaime Awe, a real-life Indiana Jones and director of the Institute of Archeology of Belize, is suing on behalf of the country of Belize, according to THR. Awe is demanding the return of the crystal skull, which he says was stolen by the treasure-hunting family Mitchell-Hedges 88 years ago and used as a money-maker, as well as damages from “illegal profits” accrued by Disney, Lucasfilm, and Paramount for allegedly using a replica “likeness” in the 2008 Steven Spielberg film.
Visit The Hollywood Reporter to read the full lawsuit.
“Lucasfilm never sought, nor was given permission to utilize the Mitchell-Hedges Skull or its likeness in the Film,” reads the “Indiana Jones” lawsuit, obtained by THR. “To date, Belize has not participated in any of the profits derived from the sale of the Film or the rights thereto.” Awe claims Belize has a “right, title and interest in and to the Mitchell-Hedges Skull and its likeness” and the film companies participated in a civil conspiracy and interfered with the country’s economic advantage.
Read the full story on the Huffingtonpost.com website.
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