‘Dog Day Afternoon’ fanatic seeking chunk of movie’s profits

Written By kom nampuldu on Minggu, 29 Maret 2015 | 20.49

He's doggedly determined to get his payday from "Dog Day Afternoon."

After decades of litigation and despite an injunction barring him from filing additional lawsuits, the former jailhouse lover of the man who inspired the 1975 film starring Al Pacino is back in court.

In 2011, a state judge found George Heath had engaged in a "continuous and vexatious pattern of litigation" to get a share of the Oscar-winning film's $50 million gross and banned him from filing further lawsuits.

Heath claims he is entitled to 1 percent of the movie's profits, the amount real-life bank robber John Wojtowicz agreed to accept in exchange for selling the rights to his story to Warner Bros.

In 1972, Wojtowicz was a married, 27-year-old Vietnam veteran who tried to rob a Chase Manhattan bank in Brooklyn to get money for boyfriend Ernest Aron's sex-change operation. The bizarre encounter evolved in a 14-hour standoff between Wojtowicz and cops and attracted a large crowd and a live television audience.

Wojtowicz was convicted of bank robbery in 1973 and sent to prison, where he met Heath, who claims he acted as one of Wojtowicz's lawyers as he negotiated the sale of his story.

Heath was back in Manhattan federal court last week, seeking $2 million in damages from Warner Bros. and the state Crime Victims Board, arguing that previous rejections of his claims violated his civil rights.

The movie's profits were in part claimed by the board to satisfy judgments from the victims of Wojtowicz, who died in 2006.

Warner Bros. declined to comment.


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