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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore says that his ex-wife in the lawsuit against him is a malicious end-run around with a seal to in their ongoing Michigan arbitration case filed to “lubricate” Moore in the press, according to new court documents.
Kathleen Glynn, who is also a filmmaker and has worked on many projects with Moore, divorced him in 2014 after 23 years of marriage.
Earlier this month, Glynn filed a lawsuit against Moore in Manhattan Supreme Court claiming that he was stiffing her on the result of their joint film projects.
Moore’s lawyer, Kenneth Warner, wrote in court papers filed Friday that Glynn called for the information to be published that would have remained sealed, and confidential if their case had remained in the Michigan court.
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It was an attempt to “slander [Moore] in the press with her false allegations,” Warner said, scting The Post exclusive coverage of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is “an act of extreme disrespect for the Circuit Court of Michigan,” the court documents say, noting that decisions in the New York case may conflict, with the advancement in the current Michigan case, Warner said.
They are “not included very personal and confidential information in its petition in an apparent attempt to increase the exposure of the public and try to embarrass [Moore],” Warner wrote.
The fact that the suit appeared to Moore’s negative income reporting to the IRS in 2014 and 2016 served “no legitimate purpose,” the court papers say.
The pair collaborated on a number of Moore’s most well-known documentaries such as “Bowling for Columbine” about the Columbine high school massacre “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Separately, Moore a documentary released in September called “Fahrenheit 11/9.”
Moore claims in the court papers that Glynn maliciously “posted on September 6, 2018, the day of the world premiere of [Moore’s] most recent film, Fahrenheit 11/9,” where it opened in Toronto Film Festival, according to the court documents.
An attorney for Glynn declined to comment.
The first court date in the case is set for Oct. 4, but it is unclear whether Moore and Glynn will be present.