The war of words between Keith Olbermann and Current TV is now officially a legal battle, with the fired anchor filing a lawsuit Thursday accusing his former employer of breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the complaint, filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court by attorney Patty Glaser of LA's Glaser Weil firm, Olbermann was terminated without cause a year into his five-year, $50 million contract with the left-leaning TV network. We'll update soon with the specifics from the lawsuit.
The suit has been anticipated since Current sent Olbermann's representatives a letter March 29 terminating his services. The network co-founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt claims Olbermann was often absent from the job, missing 19 of 41 workdays in January and February. The anchor also allegedly refused to promote other Current shows. Olbermann claims he was provided substandard facilities (the lights allegedly went out in the studio on a couple of occassions) and was forced out even though he's under contract.
Current has paid Olbermann the first installment of his $10 million a year deal. The fight over the rest now will move to the courtroom.
"Well, up to last Thursday I got my money," Olbermann said Tuesday on CBS' Late Show. "The nice judge will decide whether or not I get more of my money."