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Lawsuit Filed to Void UVSC's Contract with Michael Moore

Lawsuit Filed to Void UVSC's Contract with Michael Moore

Posted - Oct. 19, 2004 at 4:51 p.m.



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Sam Penrod ReportingKay Anderson, Plaintiff: "The college should not be able to pay Michael Moore, even if he does show up."

On the eve of Michael Moore's speech at Utah Valley State College a community member files a lawsuit to try to keep Moore from being paid. The countdown is on to Moore's highly publicized speech on the college campus--an event that has drawn a lot of attention, controversy and even threats.

By this time tomorrow it will all be over, but opponents of the speech have filed a last minute lawsuit trying to keep Moore from getting his $50,000 check.

UVSC is getting ready for Michael Moore's speech tomorrow at noon and they are expecting a lot of protestors to show up. And the school says despite threats of a lawsuit, the Moore speech will go on as planned.

Michael Moore's Slacker Uprising tour makes a stop at UVSC tomorrow. But Moore's speech that has attracted protests and brought highly charged emotions onto UVSC's campus is now the subject of a lawsuit.

Kay Anderson: "We have run out of options with the college. We've been over there and tried to resolve it with them; they have just dug in their heels to where there's no point in discussing it anymore."

Kay Anderson is suing UVSC with claims that student leaders violated the college's constitution by spending more than $50,000 to book Moore.

Derek Hall, UVSC Spokesman: “They are reading it one way, we are reading it another. And we’ll let the lawyers decide.”

UVSC officials say they are not spending more than the limit, because ticket sales will cover more than half of Moore's expenses. Meanwhile, UVSC is finishing the setup for Moore's sold out speech, which includes a large area for protestors who've threatened to show up.

Last Monday Moore told Eyewitness News he isn't expecting a hero's welcome in Utah, but feels sorry for supporters of John Kerry.

Michael Moore, Last Week: "You know, imagine what it's like if you live in Utah and you're for Kerry, you know? So it's kind of like a, like a missionary thing that we're doing. You know, stopping there and then, um, you know, giving our goodness to others and then leaving immediately."

So, Michael Moore won't be in Utah for more than about three hours, he has another speech tomorrow night in Iowa. As far as the lawsuit, whether it has any legal merit or not won't be decided in court until long after Michael Moore's speech here tomorrow.

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