It’s sad when things go wrong, especially when the people in question were childhood friends and former friendly collaborators. Sadly, that’s just what’s happening between Tony Moore and his former colleague Robert Kirkman. And this isn’t the first time.
According to The Beat, Moore has filed a new lawsuit claiming he should be named joint author of The Walking Dead, Battle Pope, Brit and more.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in US District Court, Moore wasn’t pulling any punches:
Kirkman is a proud liar and fraudster who freely admits that he has no qualms about misrepresenting material facts in order to consummate business transactions, and it is precisely that illicit conduct which led to the present lawsuit (and to Kirkman’s business ’success’ generally).
Ouch. Further, in the lawsuit Moore contends he and Kirkman co-created all the works in question and Kirkman “fraudulently removed Moore’s name as co-copyright holed after the proofs of the first issue of The Walking Dead had been turned in.” Moore also claims he was coerced into transferring all his interests in The Walking Dead to Kirkman so a TV deal could be made.
Kirkman has yet to respond to the new lawsuit, but you can bet he and his legal team will dispute all of this. After all, no matter the validity of these accusations (and we’re not speculating at this time), Kirkman and Co. certainly don’t want anything to interfere with the runaway success of The Walking Dead. There’s just too much money at stake.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this as it’s probably gonna get ugly.