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Ex-Wife of Disney's 'Insider' Seeks Payment

March 21, 2000|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The ex-wife of the tobacco industry whistle-blower portrayed in Disney's Oscar-nominated film "The Insider" is demanding payment for the use of her life's story and the film changed to portray her and her children more accurately.

Lucretia Nimocks, former wife of Jeffrey Wigand, has threatened legal action against Walt Disney Co. and Michael Mann Productions because she feels the filmmakers portrayed her as a gold-digging trophy wife who abandons her husband because he lost his job. In court documents, Nimocks said she left Wigand because he abused her.

Disney spokeswoman Christine Castro would say only that Nimocks' "claims are without merit."

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