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Like many of the actors and actresses the show spotlights, the Golden Globes has had its share of scandal.

In the late 1960s, the Federal Communications Commission questioned the authenticity of the voting process, and the show was knocked off the air for several years. The FCC cited the network for careless oversight in failing to verify the credentials of the voters and the secrecy of the results.

Russell’s lawsuit notes another controversy that cast the Globes into relative obscurity for more than a decade.

In the early 1980s, the awards show lost its broadcast deal with CBS after its members were accused of receiving favors in exchange for giving actress Pia Zadora a newcomer award.

In 2008, the show was reduced to a press conference when actors refused to cross picket lines during the height of a Hollywood writers strike.

Since 1996, the ceremony has been broadcast by NBC, which Russell said was due in part to his work rebuilding the association’s credibility. According to the lawsuit, the network has paid $12 million a year for the broadcast rights in a deal that expires after Sunday’s show. The lawsuit claims a renewed license fee could jump to $26 million a year.

NBC declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The association sued the show’s longtime producer, Dick Clark Productions, in November, claiming the company entered a broadcast agreement with NBC without the association’s permission. Dick Clark Productions has denied wrongdoing and asked a federal judge to dismiss the case. That motion is scheduled to be heard in March.

The association currently has 90 members from six continents, far less than the roughly 6,000 voters who select Oscar winners.