Michael Moore Gets Served!
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has been sued by a veteran of the Iraq war. Sgt. Peter Damon, 31, claims Michael distorted a TV interview of him that made him look like he was anti-war in the Michael's 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, has stated that Moore didn't have his permission to use pieces of the on-camera interview he gave in 2003 to an NBC Nightly News correspondent at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Damon's appearance in Fahrenheit 9/11 resulted in a "loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation" for him, court documents state.
Damon is suing for $75 million and his wife is seeking another $10 million for the "mental distress and anguish suffered by her spouse."
The lawsuit states that "[Fahrenheit 9/11] creates a substantially fictionalized and falsified implication of a wounded serviceman who was left behind when Plaintiff was not left behind but supported, financially and emotionally, by the active assistance of the president, the United States and his family, friends, acquaintances and community."
Damon, a double amputee, lost both of his arms while stationed in Iraq when a tire on a Black Hawk Helicopter he was servicing exploded. Another reservist was killed.
In Moore's film Damon is shown lying on a gurney, covered in bandages. He says he feels as if he's "being crushed in a vise," adding, "but [the painkillers] do a lot to help it. And they take a lot of the edge off of it."
A paltry $85 million?! That's nothing to Moore! He spends that much cheeseburgers a year.