Sex And The City creator sued by ex-manager and former best friend for $150,000 of royalties
Sex And The City creator Candace Bushnell is being sued by her former friend and manager for $150,000 of the royalties from the TV series and films.
Clifford Streit, who was the inspiration for the show’s flamboyant gay character Stanford Blatch, is claiming he has not been paid all of the 7.5 per cent slice he is owed.
Mr Streit says the last cheque he received was back in 2009 and that he has only been paid a total of $230,000.
SATC: Author Candace Bushnell is being sued by a former best friend, claiming he is owed $150,000 of royalties from the show and film
Success: Streit alleges Bushnell is not honouring their agreement, especially as the second Sex and the City film made more than $310million at the box office
He claims that given the success of the franchise, he is due at least another $150,000 for kick starting Bushnell’s career.
The lawsuit, which was filed in New York, marks another sour note in relations between the pair who used to be very close.
Streit claims that he was instrumental in getting the deal with U.S. TV network HBO to get Sex And The City made in the first place.
Things changed when Bushnell fired him in 1999, the year the show was first aired in the U.S.
Streit claimed that when it ‘got big’ he was dropped and first sued in 2005 claiming 10 per cent of everything that Bushnell earned.
The pair eventually settled on 7.5 per cent.
Life and art: Clifford Streit said Carrie's friend in the show, flamboyant gay character Stanford Blatch, played by Willie Garson, left, is based on him
Now Streit alleges Bushnell is not honouring the agreement, especially as the second Sex And The City film made more than $310million at the box office.
Bushnell’s lawyer Victor Bushell said he has yet to see the lawsuit but told the New York Post that it had no merit.
He said: ‘I can 100 percent say there is no basis for any claim and the action is completely and entirely frivolous. She doesn’t owe him any money. It’s a garbage lawsuit.’
Streit’s lawyer Neal Brickman declined to comment.
Bushnell, 53, is currently working on a prequel to Sex And The City called ‘The Carrie Diaries’.
Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Bushnell in the TV series and films, is due to play feminist Gloria Steinem in forthcoming biopic of 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace.