This week actor Rob Schneider found himself in familiar territory. A pair of investors sued the stand-up comic and veteran of Saturday Night Live and his producing partner and brother John Schneider in California state court this Thursday.
According to The Wrap, husband and wife, George and Nancy Gamble of Napa County, California, sued Rob and John Schneider in the San Francisco Superior Court, alleging the Schneider brothers breached a series of agreements by failing to repay the Gambles’ investment in the movie The Chosen One.
The Gambles say that Schneider and his brother John persuaded the pair to invest $1.5 million in an upcoming film The Chosen One, but the pair hasn’t received back any of their investment after they were promised zero risks by the Schneider brothers. To add insult to injury, the investor couple also hasn’t received the 15 percent interest on their investment that Schneider promised.
According to the suit:
“The Schneiders also promised that if Plaintiffs invested $1.5 million, Plaintiffs would receive their entire investment back — in addition to a specified return — from any proceeds received from any source in connection with the motion picture.”
The suit also states:
“The Schneiders used Plaintiffs’ investment for unrelated, improper and/or personal purposes.”
Alleging breach of contract, fraud, and deceit, the Gambles are asking for an award of declaratory relief confirming that they are entitled to their $1.5 million to be paid through any proceeds from The Chosen One. The Gambles are also seeking compensatory damages plus interest along with punitive damages,attorney fees, and court costs.
This isn’t the first time the Schneider brothers have been sued by investors for The Chosen One.
According to E!Online, Rob and John Schneider were sued by longtime friend and investor Bob Rubin in 2008 in Los Angeles Superior Court for breach of contract and fiduciary duty. Rubin claimed that, after he helped secure $9.5 million for the movie, the brothers failed to follow through on a promised three percent finder’s fee. He is seeking at least $350,000 in damages.
Even farther into Rob Schneider’s legal past, according to a report by AfterElton, he was involved in a lawsuit that claimed that he stole the premise of the 2007 movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry starring Adam Sandler, from the 2004 Australian film Strange Bedfellows.