Chilean Miners Sue Lawyers Over Profits From Hollywood Movie

Chilean miner Mario Sepulveda, 39, waves to workers and well-wishers as he is the second miner to be rescued from the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, just after midnight on Oct. 13, 2010. An accident trapped 33 miners for more than two months more than 2,000 feet below the surface. File Photo courtesy of Chilean government | License Photo

SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 3 (UPI) — A group of Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days sued their lawyers, accusing them of cheating them out of royalties from a Hollywood movie depicting their story.

The miners claim the were cheated out of money from the movie The 33, which is based on their experiences in 2010 when they were trapped in the San Jose Mine some 2,300 feet underground in the Atacama Desert. Nine of the 33 miners said their lawyers gave them bad advice and cheated them out of income.

The 33 survivors formed a company to allow them to split proceeds from their stories and manage their finances. But, nine of those men said attorneys Remberto Rodrigo Valdes and Fernando Garcia “misled the 33, making them believe they would manage their own company, only to harm them and appropriate monies that rightfully belonged to them.”

The 33, starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche, is slated to be released on Nov. 13.


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