Bones stars and creator win nearly $200 million in game-changing lawsuit against Fox

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Photo credit: FOX - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Two years after Bones last aired, the drama's leads Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz have been awarded millions of dollars in a game-changing legal case.

Deschanel and Boreanaz, along with the series' executive producer Barry Josephson, have been awarded a sum of more than $175 million from Fox, according to Deadline.

After first filing lawsuits back in 2015, both Bones' stars and its creator have accused Fox of under-reporting the show's profits and over-charging "many additional millions of dollars in alleged expenses".

A recent ruling has now sided with Deschanel, Boreanaz, and Josephson, although Fox has vowed to appeal the ruling.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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In a statement, Barry Josephson's lawyer said: "This is a tremendous victory for the Bones profit participants who created and starred in the longest-running drama series to air on the Fox network.

"Fox's fraudulent conduct toward the series' creators and stars, perpetrated over many years, has finally been brought to light, and Fox has been held accountable for its actions."

It continued: "After extensive testimony, the arbitrator found that Fox manifests ‘a company-wide and accepted climate that envelops an aversion for the truth'."

Photo credit: Patrick McElhenney - Fox
Photo credit: Patrick McElhenney - Fox

The lawyer acting on behalf of Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, and the author of Bones' source material Kathy Reichs, promised that the recent case will "profoundly change the way Hollywood does business for many years to come".

21st Century Fox, which disagrees with the ruling and is seeking to appeal it, told The Hollywood Reporter that the arbitrator's decision is "categorically wrong".

"Fox will not allow this flagrant injustice, riddled with errors and gratuitous character attacks, to stand and will vigorously challenge the ruling in a court of law," it said.

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